the ending of this movie (if you can call it an ending) is one of the most disappointing i've ever seen. i really enjoyed it, but it came apart so badly in the end that it really lost a lot of it's charm for me.
Compelling, and still prescient.
More narrative structure makes "Ali" easier to watch than a lot of other Fassbinder. Of course it's loaded with tension, and the characters get ripped down. But it's easier.