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Fear (1954 film)

File:Angst film poster.jpg
Belgian theatrical release poster
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Produced by Herman Millakowsky
Written by Roberto Rossellini
Sergio Amidei
Franz von Treuberg
Based on Fear 
by Stefan Zweig
Starring Ingrid Bergman
Mathias Wieman
Renate Mannhardt
Kurt Kreuger
Music by Renzo Rossellini
Cinematography Carlo Carlini
Heinz Schnackertz
Editing by Jolanda Benvenuti
Walter Boos
Distributed by Minerva Film SpA
Release date(s)Template:Plainlist
Running time 83 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Fear (Italian: La Paura) is a 1954 drama film directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring his wife Ingrid Bergman. It has also been released as Angst in the English-speaking world. It is based on the Stefan Zweig novel Fear. It was filmed in Munich and was shot simultaneously in German and English. Rossellini created it because he wanted to explore the reconstruction of Germany from both a material and moral standpoint ten years after making his previous German film Germany Year Zero.[1] The film is noirish with aspects reminiscent of Hitchcock and German expressionism.


Irene Wagner (Bergman), the wife of the prominent German scientist Professor Albert Wagner (Wieman), had been having an affair with Erich Baumann (Kreuger). She does not disclose this to her husband, hoping to preserve his innocence and their "perfect marriage". This fills her with anxiety and guilt. However, Johann Schultze (Mannhardt), Erich's jealous ex-girlfriend, learns about the affair and begins to blackmail Irene, turning Irene's psychological torture into a harsh reality. When Irene finds out that the extortion plot is truly an experiment in fear, she is driven into a homicidal/suicidal rage. But she is saved from suicide by her husband at the last minute, both sorry for what they did.



The film did not do well when it was released in Italy and Germany. Consequently, the Italian distributor edited the film and re-released it as Non credo più all'amore. In this edited version, a fishing scene is shortened and an explanatory narration is added to two silent scenes. In addition, the ending was changed from a scene showing Bergman attempting suicide to a scene showing her family in the countryside, after Bergman had left her husband, living on for the sake of her children.

The Rossellini Project

This initiative involves 10 films by Roberto Rossellini that are being digitally restored and will then be promoted internationally. Carrying out the restoration work are Cinecittà Luce-Filmitalia, the Cineteca_di_Bologna, the Coproduction Office. Fear is one of the ten films being restored. The others are: Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta), Paisan (Paisà), Germany Year Zero (Germania anno zero), L’amore, Stromboli (Stromboli terra di Dio), The Machine that Kills Bad People (La Macchina ammazzacattivi), Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia), India, Interview with Salvador Allende (Intervista a Salvador Allende: La forza e la ragione). [2]

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) North American TV Premiere

On March 15, 2013, Turner Classic Movies broadcast Fear for the first time on TV in North America. [3]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • 1979 New York Times film review by Vincent Canby
  • The Rossellini Project
  • Cannes Festival Information about the Rossellini Project
  • Treasures from the Harvard Film Archive - Harvard University Film Archive screened Fear on July 21 and 23, 2005 as part of its summer exhibition of films. Read a brief synopsis of the film at this site.
  • Cinema of the World - Review of Fear that also includes movie stills.
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