Sexuality, Fear Eats The Soul, Directed By Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Depictions of sexuality is a key element that intersect in the format of both Ali, Fear Eats the Soul (1974) and Maedchen in Uniform (1931). While the films are released over 40 years apart, both these films depict sexuality and explore sexual taboos in Germany. Ali, Fear Eats the Soul, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, is a tale of interracial love and explores the impact of racism on human relationships. Leontine Sagan’s Maedchen in Uniform contains themes of lesbian relationships and expression of emotion. Though the films messages differ from each other, the longing for love for the characters are very similar.
Ali, Fear Eats the Soul revolves around love and overcoming difficulties in relationships. Fassbinder’s portrayal of Emmi shows the audience the passion and authentic love she has for Ali. Fassbinder acknowledges Emmi’s sexuality but chooses to show her desire for love and companionship as the focal point in the film. One notable scene is when Emmi looks at Ali while he is showering. Her gaze does not show any exploitative voyeurism and the words she tells him are addressed to Ali only. The authenticity of the love between the two despite their different backgrounds demonstrates that obstacles in relationships can be overcome. The film presents Emmi not as an attractive women, but as an old woman that desires love. From the way her children act when they learn of her relationship, older women are typically not seen to engage in sexual relationships. One…

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