Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Vital link between Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows and Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's achingly tender, brutally wise 1974 masterpiece retained Sirk's scenario of a scandalizing romance and rendered it extra verboten. Widening the age gap and igniting a racial fuse, the German wunderkind also turned the lovers against each other as soon as they'd made headway in their battle with social prejudice. Note: Everett Herald critic Robert Horton will discuss the film's connection to the ongoing Ming Wong show. (NR) DENNIS LIM

Sun., Feb. 20, 2 p.m., 2011

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