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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Criterion Collection #198
This is a fairly conventional Hollywood style melodrama about an interracial couple in 70s Germany, he is a Moroccan (read "Black") Berber immigrant, she is a much older German woman. They experience the kind of super racist prejudice you would expect in 1970s Germany, overcome that racism, drift apart and then get back together. There's nothing overly creative in terms of the script, the cinematography or the construction of the narrative but the relationship at the center of the film is worth watching and the sensitive treatment of an older woman/younger man dynamic on top of the interracial aspect is emotionally compelling.