Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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|Official Release Date||Sep 30, 2014|
|Starring||Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Elma Karlowa, Anita Bucher|
|Director||Rainer Werner Fassbinder|
|Running Time||93 Minutes|
The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’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.