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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf)

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Release Date:October 31, 1974
Running time:94 minutes
Cast:Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Elma Karlowa
Director:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Producer:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Writer:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Distributor:New Yorker Films

Description: 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, All Movie Guide

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