Angst essen Seele auf (1974)
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I disagree completely. Simple but powerful like a sledgehammer.
Like the offspring of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and Harold and Maude, but for the realist intersectional German New Cinema crowd.
1974's Munich in Rainer Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a racist world where its two protagonists, a lonely older German woman and a younger Moroccan immigrant nicknamed Ali, face near constant prejudice for their unorthodox relationship... and it's entirely depressing that this could have been made today, in almost any Western country, and we wouldn't have thought it out of place. It is especially well-observed in the way racist (and ageist) attitudes crop up in the two leads as well, once the honeymoon stage is over. And do we, the audience, ascribe Ali any sinister motives for apparently falling for an older woman? Or if not sinister, at least pragmatical? Ali isn't an eloquent character - his German is clumsy - which makes him a figure of mystery and poignancy. The human drama is quite strong, but of course, it's Fassbinder. His mastery of color and composition also makes this a great film to look at.
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This movie ranks #16 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #29 in IMDb's 1970s Top 50
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This movie ranks #43 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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This movie ranks #54 in The 100 Most Significant German Films
This movie ranks #89 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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This movie ranks #225 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #332 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #337 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #344 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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