IU CINEMA: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a love story in which wildly prolific Fassbinder paid homage once again to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of Sirk’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows. A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fassbinder expertly wields the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture. In German and Arabic with English subtitles. Contains mature content.