Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Release Date: 1974-06-05
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 365 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 33min
  • Language: العربية
  • Production Company: Tango Film
  • Production Country: Germany
  • Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic Ali. Their relationship soon develops into something more, and Emmi's family and neighbors criticize their spontaneous marriage. Soon Emmi and Ali are forced to confront their own insecurities about their future.

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  • Brigitte Mira

    as Emmi Kurowski
  • El Hedi ben Salem

    as Ali
  • Irm Hermann

    as Krista
  • Barbara Valentin

    as Barbara
  • Elma Karlowa

    as Mrs. Kargus
  • Anita Bucher

    as Mrs. Ellis
  • Gusti Kreissl

    as Paula
  • Doris Mattes

    as Mrs. Angermayer
  • Margit Symo

    as Hedwig
  • Katharina Herberg

    as Bardame
  • Lilo Pempeit

    as Mrs. Munchmeyer
  • Walter Sedlmayr

    as Mr. Angermayer
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    as Eugen
  • Karl Scheydt

    as Albert
  • Peter Gauhe

    as Bruno
  • Marquard Bohm

    as Gruber
  • Hark Bohm

    as Doctor
  • Kurt Raab

    as Car Mechanic
Directing Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director
Art Rainer Werner Fassbinder Production Design
Production Rainer Werner Fassbinder Producer
Sound Rainer Werner Fassbinder Original Music Composer
Writing Rainer Werner Fassbinder Author
Camera Jürgen Jürges Director of Photography
Sound Fritz Müller-Scherz Sound Designer
Editing Thea Eymèsz Editor
Camera Peter Gauhe Still Photographer