La Paura (1955)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama, Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - Italy, West Germany  |  
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Roberto Rossellini directs his then-wife Ingrid Bergman in the suspenseful drama La Paura (Fear), based on the book by Stefan Zweig. Guilt-stricken Irene Wagner (Bergman) is forced to hide her secret affair with Erich Baumann (Kurt Kreuger) from her husband, Professor Albert Wagner (Mathias Wieman), a scientist in the midst of a serious breakthrough. However, Erich's ex-girlfriend, Joanne (Renate Mannhardt), finds out and threatens blackmail. This throws Irene into a fit of homicidal and suicidal rage. La Paura is an atypical entry in the Bergman-Rossellini film canon because of its German expressionist style and psychological plot twists.

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blackmail, ex-girlfriend, extramarital-affair, marital-problems, scientist, suicide