Criterion Collection: Ali - Fear Eats The Soul

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Overview

Considered one of the seminal works of the German new wave of the '70s, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul gets the treatment it deserves from Criterion on this DVD release. The film has been remastered and has never before looked or sounded this good on home video. The English subtitles have been retranslated and are better than they are on any other video edition of the film. Supplemental materials include an introduction from Todd Haynes, whose award-winning Far From Heaven took its inspiration...
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Overview

Considered one of the seminal works of the German new wave of the '70s, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul gets the treatment it deserves from Criterion on this DVD release. The film has been remastered and has never before looked or sounded this good on home video. The English subtitles have been retranslated and are better than they are on any other video edition of the film. Supplemental materials include an introduction from Todd Haynes, whose award-winning Far From Heaven took its inspiration from the same films that inspired Fassbinder to make Ali. Haynes' comments are cogent and incisive. An episode of the BBC series Omnibus dealing with Fassbinder and his contemporaries (Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, and others) is a fascinating look at how one culture looks at another country's films. Interviews with lead actress Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz offer insights into both the film and Fassbinder's legendary work habits. A clip from Fassbinder's The American Soldier, and the original theatrical trailer round out this typically flawless Criterion title.
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Special Features

Disc 1: Original Theatrical Trailer.
Disc 2: Introduction by Director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven); Interviews with Actress Brigitte Mira and Editor Thea Eymesz; Short Film "Angst isst seele auf"; From the BBC: Signs Of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema; Excerpt from The American Soldier starring Margarethe von Trotta; 16 Page Booklet, Featuring a New Essay by Critic Chris Fujiwara and a Reprint of Michael Toteberg's Introduction To the Published Screenplay.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
The apex of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's discipleship to the great Douglas Sirk, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is much more than a Munich-set crossbreeding of All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life. Despite the film's 1970s setting, not much has changed from Sirk's 1950s in terms of the strife that awaits a mismatched couple -- in this case, a hopeful middle-aged washwoman a squashed Brigitte Mira and a well-built Moroccan immigrant worker El Hedi Ben Salem. From an uncaring family to the lingering racism of shrill neighbors, Fassbinder erects as many barriers to the couple's relationship as Germany can muster Berlin Wall notwithstanding. In the tradition of melodrama, this overload leads to copious exaggerations -- mannered acting, deep-shadowed lighting, and expressionist colors -- that are all keyed to sweeping emotions. Yet the result is, as in the case of Sirk, much more complex and satisfying than preachy realism. A perennial favorite of Fassbinder fans as well as a critical favorite at Cannes, Ali shows that, long before Far from Heaven, another director raided Sirk in hopes of teasing out emotional and political hypocrisies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • UPC: 715515014120
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,680

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. Logos/Opening Credits [:12]
2. "You Dance With Me?" [1:21]
3. Other Countries, Other Customs [7:31]
4. Kif-Kif [4:55]
5. "Fear Eat Soul" [6:28]
6. Filthy Pigs [1:58]
7. It's Not a Joke [2:48]
8. The Bar [3:57]
9. "We Marry?" [3:20]
10. Caviar Is Good for Love [5:25]
11. "I Call Him Ali" [5:20]
12. Libelle [2:42]
13. A Little Party [4:34]
14. Outcasts [6:57]
15. Time Heals All Wounds [5:29]
16. Couscous [7:44]
17. Foreign Mentality [5:08]
18. "I Need You" [6:53]
19. The Black Gypsy [2:27]
20. Incurable [5:25]
21. Color Bars [2:32]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Feature
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles On
      English Subtitles Off
Side #2 -- Special Features
   Angst isst Seele auf
      Play
   Todd Haynes
      Play
      Index
         Direct Tenderness
         All That Heaven Allows
         The Look
         Innocence
   Brigitte Mira
      Play
      Index
         First Encounter
         The Script
         Shooting
         El Hedi ben Salem
         Key Scenes
         Cannes, 1974
         "Like a Bird on a Wire"
         Mira on Fassbinder
         Fear Eats the Soul as a Stage Play
         The Short: Fear Devours the Soul
   Thea Eymèsz
      Play
      Index
         First Assignments
         Fear Eats the Soul
         Developing a Style
         Fear Strikes Again
   Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema
      Play
   From the American Soldier
      Play
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles Off
      English Subtitles On
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