Filme von Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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

In a pub frequented by foreigners, the circa sixty-year old widow Emmi Kurowski (Brigitte Mira) – a cleaning lady who entered the place to get away from the rain – meets the Moroccan Ali (El Hedi Ben Salem), at least twenty years her junior. Ali dances with Emmi, they chat, he accompanies her home. He moves in with her. In the end they get married. For the others, this marriage is a scandal: Emmi’s grown children are embarrassed, the neighbors whisper, the green grocer asks her to leave his shop, the colleagues despise her. The pressure subsides in the end, Emmi and Ali observe their inner problems more clearly. Ali starts to see his former girlfriend Barbara (Barbara Valentin) again. When Emmi attempts to get him back and the two of them dance like at the beginning of their encounter, Ali has a breakdown. The doctor diagnoses a burst ulcer. Emmi stays with Ali, she holds his hand. Production year: 1973/74. Direction, Script: Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Director of Photography: Jürgen Jürges. Music: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, archival music.

R.W.F. Werkschau

Verleih (D)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Jürgen Jürgen
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Archivmusik
Thea Eymèsz
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Brigitte Mira (Emmi) El Hedi Ben Salem (Ali) Barbara Valentin (Barbara, bar owner) Irm Hermann (Krista) Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Eugen, her husband) Karl Scheydt (Albert) Elma Karlowa (Frau Karges) Anita Bucher (Frau Ellis) Gusti Kreissl (Paula) Walter Sedlmayr (Angermayer, grocery store owner) Doris Mattes (his wife) Liselotte Eder (Frau Münchmeyer) Marquard Bohm (Gruber, houseowner’s Son) Hannes Gromball (waiter in the osteria) Katharina Herberg (girl in the bar) Rudolf Waldemar Brem (colleague) Peter Moland (garage manager) Kurt Raab (foreman) Margit Symo (Hedwig) Peter Gauhe (Bruno) Helga Ballhaus (Yolanda) Elisabeth Bertram (Frieda) Hark Bohm (doctor)
35 mm, color, 93 min.