Angst (1983 film)  

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"Jetzt schieße ich."

"Now I shoot."

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Angst (1983, English Fear) is an Austrian film, the story of a serial killer, directed by Gerald Kargl, who co-wrote the screenplay with cinematographer and editor Zbigniew Rybczyński. Though little known the film has received praise for its unconventional camera work and intense acting performances, particularly from Actor Erwin Leder famous for his role as Johann in the Wolfgang Petersen film Das Boot.

It follows a psychopath recently released from prison and is loosely based on real-life mass murderer Werner Kniesek. Though relatively obscure, the film was acclaimed for its camera work, score, and Erwin Leder's performance. It was banned all over Europe for extreme violence in 1983.



Klaus Schulze's soundtrack for the film is probably more famous that the picture its self. It contains percussive and synth based music, similar in style to the work of Tangerine Dream whome Schulze was once in.

Angst is the seventeenth album by Klaus Schulze. It was originally released in 1984, and in 2005 was the fourteenth Schulze album reissued by Revisited Records. It is the soundtrack for the 1983 Austrian film of the same name. "Freeze" featured in the 1986 film Manhunter.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Klaus Schulze.

| extra_column = Note | title1 = Freeze | length1 = 6:36 | extra1 = on original release | title2 = Pain | length2 = 9:36 | extra2 = on original release | title3 = Memory | length3 = 4:50 | extra3 = on original release | title4 = Surrender | length4 = 8:41 | extra4 = on original release | title5 = Beyond | length5 = 10:16 | extra5 = on original release | title6 = Silent Survivor | length6 = 31:40 | extra6 = reissue bonus track


Irréversible director Gasper Noe has on many occasions cited Angst as an influence on his film making style. He has been quoted several times talking about the film:

  • "There's another film called "Angst" or "Fear" which in France was called "Schizophrenia" but it was banned theatrically. It's got an X-rating so it never came out. It could maybe come out today. It's Austrian. One of the masterpieces of the decade. The director never did another movie though. He had too many debts so he stopped directing."
  • "Then there's an Austrian movie, Angst. It's about a man killing a family just in order to go back to prison, where he felt better. It's like a very dark, European version of Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, but much more baroque in its filming. It was banned all over the world - even in France it was one of the last movies to be X-rated for extreme violence. I think it's going to be rediscovered everywhere in the next few years."

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