Ali: Fear Eats the Soul [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1974]

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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Jürgen Jürges, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Introduction from 2003 by filmmaker Todd Haynes
  • Interviews from 2003 with actor Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymész
  • Shahbaz Noshir's 2002 short story Angst Isst Seele Auf, which reunited Mira, Eymész, and Jürges to tell the story, based on real events, of an attack by neo-Nazis on a foreign actor while on his way to a stage performance of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's screenplay
  • Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC program about the film movement of which Fassbinder was a part
  • Scene from Fassbinder's 1970 film The American Soldier that inspired Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Trailer
  • Plus: an essay by critic Chris Fujiwara


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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