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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)


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This is a wonderfully moving film by German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder starring Bridgette Mira and El Hedi ben Salem as a older German widow and a younger Morrocan immigrant respectfully.   The plot is simple.  Emmil Kurowski drops in a small bar one day to get out of the rain and sits at a table by herself.  Across the bar a group of young immigrants are playing cards.  A woman in the bar tauntingly suggests to Ali to go ask her for a dance.  He does and the group is surprised that he not only dances with her but also offers to escort her home since it was getting late and raining.  She accepts.

From there a most unexpected relationship develops and the remainder of the plot surrounds the response from friends, neighbors, family and coworkers of both parties to their interracial and age difference relationship.  There are so many scenes that leave you in awe with this film that you have to just see it to appreciate it.  Fassbender did excellent work here.  When i went and researched the film I found out that it was a film that he did in a hurry to fill in time between other projects ( I found he was notorious about putting out product very fast).  This work pace actually is part of what made this a great film.  Its straight to the point and doesn't beat you up over the head with ANY wasted material.  Everything has a point and is very well done.  The actors were just perfect here.  The gorgeous cinematography was done by Jürgen Jürges.   Its a must see film and I rate this one a solid 10 out of 10...




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