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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf) (1974)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
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Irm Hermann

Irm Hermann

Krista
Elma Karlowa

Elma Karlowa

Mrs. Kargus
Anita Bucher

Anita Bucher

Mrs. Ellis
Doris Mattes

Doris Mattes

Mrs. Angermeyer
Margit Symo

Margit Symo

Hedwig


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4 years, 11 months ago at May 22 12:49
This is inter-racial romance in the most taboo way: He's black, she's white; he's a young stud, grandma is 20 years older; he's Moroccan, and she's German! This is instant formula for a doomed relationship, but not so. As much as the two needed each other, used each other, they needed the very disgusted people around them to verify their love. In their best moments, they show the very human weakne... read more

A good movie

3 years, 9 months ago at Jul 31 12:50
Honestly, I have to admit it that I haven't seen many movies directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder so I cannot really judge his work (at least, the situation is not as bad as with Andrei Tarkovsky as I haven’t seen anything directed by this great maste). Anyway, this flick is the one I have seen which made the best impression on me. Indeed, if I remember correctly, I saw it when I was living in E... read more
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Emmi, a woman truly in the second half of life falls in love with Ali, a more than ten years younger Arab guest worker. When they both decide to marry, everybody and everyone seems to be against them. When the folks calm down a bit, Emmi and Ali get deeply unsure about their relationship.
Release date: 5 June 1974
UPC: 715515014120
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A good movie

“Honestly, I have to admit it that I haven't seen many movies directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder so I cannot really judge his work (at least, the situation is not as bad as with Andrei Tarkovsky as I haven’t seen anything directed by this great maste). Anyway, this flick is the one I have seen which made the best impression on me. Indeed, if I remember correctly, I saw it when I was living in England, I was following a movie class at the time and this feature was one we had to watch. The directing and acting were very sober and realistic and it made the whole thing rather fascinating to watch. To be honest, Fassbinder has a rather gloomy visual style, you have to really dig it, and his movies are not what you could call ‘fun’ to watch and it was therefore a rather depressing feature” read more


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