Friday, September 20, 2013

Ali: Fears Eat The Soul

Ali: Fear Eats The Soul is a 1974 West German Film. It won 2 prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. It's an intergenerational, inter-racial love story.

Here's one scene from the film:

Senses of Cinema has an article examining this film which says, "Littered with characters like Emmy and Ali existing on the margins of society, Fassbinder’s cinema is a struggle for the search for identity and place in a world (his, pointedly, being a post Second World War German one) demanding conformism." Slant Magazine gives it 4 out of 4 stars. DVD Talk concludes, "If you are a Fassbinder fan it is a must. If you are curious to discover him and his style, there is probably no better introduction than this film." Roger Ebert considers it a "great movie" and says, "The reason it gathers so much power, I think, is that Fassbinder [the director] knew exactly what was meant by the title, and made the film so quickly he only had time to tell the truth." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a critics score of 100%.

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