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Fear of Fear (1975)

Angst vor der Angst (original title)
Margot, who lives in a comfortable middle class apartment, fears that she is losing her mind after having had her second child. Her husband Kurt, who is busy studying for an exam, does not ... See full summary »

Writers:

Asta Scheib (based on an idea by), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (film)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margit Carstensen ... Margot
Ulrich Faulhaber Ulrich Faulhaber ... Kurt, ihr Mann
Brigitte Mira ... Mutter
Irm Hermann ... Lore
Armin Meier Armin Meier ... Karli
Adrian Hoven ... Dr. Merck
Kurt Raab ... Herr Bauer
Ingrid Caven ... Edda
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Mrs. Schall
Helga Märthesheimer Helga Märthesheimer ... Dr. von Unruh
Herbert Steinmetz Herbert Steinmetz ... Dr. Auer
Hark Bohm ... Dr. Rozenbaum
Constanze Haas Constanze Haas ... Bibi, Margots Tochter
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Margot, who lives in a comfortable middle class apartment, fears that she is losing her mind after having had her second child. Her husband Kurt, who is busy studying for an exam, does not understand her situation. Her mother-in-law and sister-in-law Lore are openly hostile to her. She resorts to valium and drink, and looks for sympathy, but to no avail. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama

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Quotes

Margot: Tell me I'm being hysterical, please!
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Connections

Featured in Great Directors (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Don't You Try
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
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20 September 2017 | by treywillwestSee all my reviews

I don't think I've ever been as struck by the camera movement in a Fassbinder film as I was by that in this one. It makes this chamber drama seem less claustrophobic, but also more panicked, than it would otherwise seem. And, as the title suggests, it is pretty panicked.

Fassbinder's most frequent muse is Douglas Sirk, but here he seems to me more inspired by Nicholas Ray, especially by Bigger Than Life, with a father figure turning towards drugs as an escape from domestic drudgery replaced by a mother figure. This film also probably directly influenced Todd Haynes when he was creating Safe. But I think Fear of Fear is emotionally and intellectually richer than either it's ancestor or descendant.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 July 1975 (West Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM375,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,623, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$8,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,144
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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