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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [German] [1974]
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Special Features

  • New digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Introduction by director Todd Haynes
  • Interviews with actress Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz
  • Short film Angst isst Seele auf (2002)
  • From the BBC: "Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema"
  • Excerpt from The American Soldier featuring Margarethe von Trotta
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • 16-page booklet, featuring a new essay by critic Chris Fujiwara and a reprint of Michael Töteberg's introduction to the published screenplay


Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Rainer Werner Fassbinder not only directed Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf), but also scripted the film, designed the sets, and produced. Brigitte Mira heads the cast as a lonely German cleaning woman, who enters into an affair with equally lonely--and much, much younger--Moroccan mechanic El Hedi Ben Salem. They marry, despite the shocked, bigoted reactions of those around them. This thinly disguised remake of Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (cult favorite Sirk was one of Fassbinder's personal heroes) won the international critic's prize at the Cannes Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Brigitte Mira
    Brigitte Mira - Emmi
  • El Hedi Ben Salem
    El Hedi Ben Salem - Ali
  • Barbara Valentin
    Barbara Valentin - Barbara
  • Irm Hermann
    Irm Hermann - Krista
  • Image coming soon
    Peter Gauhe - Bruno
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