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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 »

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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 Hark Bohm ... Dr. Rozenbaum
Constanze Haas Constanze Haas ... Bibi, Margots Tochter
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Storyline

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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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 July 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

DEM 375,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Margot: Tell me I'm being hysterical, please!
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"The Yellow Wallpaper" revisited
28 April 2004 | by jcappy5See all my reviews

Gilman's classic short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" seems to be the model for this Fassbinder TV movie (not American TV--that's obvious). As in the original story, post-partum depression is only the immediate cause of the heroine's depressed, anxious and eventual insane state. In the story, the narrator's crisis is certainly located in patriarchy. I do not know Fassbinder or his work well enough to know whether Margo (Margit Carstensen) is suffering from straight up alienation or the patriarchal blues but most of the indicators point to the latter. There is far more focus on marriage here and male disinterest in or mis-readings of Margo's suffering than on social dislocation per se. Both the husband and the sincere, sympathetic brother-in-law fail, like the physician husband in the story, to grasp, to one degree or another, the nature of Margo's pain, which lead in both pieces, to deeper isolation and madness.

Perhaps Margit Carstensen's performance determines how one likes or dislikes this film. I thought it was as convincing as her ill looks, her ill eyes, her ill expressions, but I'm sure some viewers will disagree. For them, perhaps the film's restraint, honesty, and intelligence can be the difference maker.


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