El Hedi ben Salem

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El Hedi ben Salem
Born Morocco
Died 1976
Nîmes, France

El Hedi ben Salem (El Hedi ben Salem m'Barek Mohammed Mustafa) (c. 1935[1] – 1976[2]), was a Moroccan actor best known for his work with German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Biography[edit]

El Hedi ben Salem was Rainer Werner Fassbinder's boyfriend from 1971 to 1974, though he also had a wife and five children in Morocco. During this period, he played several roles in Fassbinder's films. He is best known for his role of Ali in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. While intoxicated, Salem seriously injured three people by stabbing.[3] He flew to France, where he robbed a jewelry store. He was arrested and convicted. In 1976 he died in prison after a soccer game from cardiac arrest.[3]

Fassbinder dedicated his last film Querelle (1982) to him. Some publications erroneously report 1982 as the year of El Hedi ben Salem's death.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juliane Lorenz interview in Lorenz (ed) Chaos as Usual: Conversations about Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1997, Applause, p241
  2. ^ Kurt Raab und Karsten Peters: Die Sehnsucht des Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Bertelsmann Verlag, München, 1983, ISBN 3-570-03117-9
  3. ^ a b Documentary film My Name is Not Ali (Jannat Ali), Viola Shafik, 2011

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