Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
DIRECTOR: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER
CAST: BRIGITTE MIRA, EL HEDI BEN SALEM
Explicitly modeled after Douglas Sirk’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows, this tentative romance between a
middle-aged German widow (Brigitte Mira) and a much younger Moroccan mechanic (El Hedi ben Salem) manages an almost miraculous combination of warm emotional directness and cool intellectual rigor, depicting its characters not as saints but as very real, limited people bent to breaking by the social pressures around them. A mind-shattering experience for a future programmer of 20 when first encountered as the middle feature in a triple bill with Love is Colder than Death and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.