iran-ed asked: I've never seen 'Ali' but seeing as it's a remake of 'All That Heaven Allows' which you didn't seem to like. What's different?
Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of All That Heaven Allows. Melodrama isn’t really my thing, and Sirk goes full-force on the melodrama. The whole movie felt like a bunch of rich white people complaining about stupid shit that shouldn’t be an issue. It felt outdated.
Ali, on the other hand, felt fresh and contemporary. I can’t believe it’s 40 years old! By focusing on an interracial couple, Fassbinder added a more interesting dimension to the drama. And thankfully he sticks closer to drama, not melodrama. As a result, Ali felt like a way more honest movie.
Thanks for your question!