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Rainer Werner Fassbinder Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1973

Matthew Martens's rating of the film Angst essen Seele auf

As in 'I Only Want You to Love Me', Fassbinder turns his hand here not only to melodrama but to didacticism; in lesser hands this material might have amounted to little more than an edifying moral tale providing uplift to self-satisfied bien-pensants. Instead it is shot through with a rich variety of anxieties -- social, personal, and political -- each brought to sad and vivid life via pitch-perfect performances.