Rainer Werner Fassbinder, already the director of almost twenty films by the age of twenty-nine, paid homage to his cinematic hero, Douglas Sirk, with this updated version of Sirk's All That Heaven Allows. Lonely widow Emmi Kurowsky (Brigitte Mira) meets Arab worker Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love--to their own surprise--and to the shock of family, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen seele auf), Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of the melodrama to underscore the racial tensions threatening German culture.
Video introduction by director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Safe)
Interviews with actress Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymèsz
Short film Angst isst Seele auf(2002)
Signs of Vigourous Life: New German Cinema, a 1976 BBC television program
Excerpt from The American Soldier starring Margarethe von Trotta