La Paura (Fear). 1954. Germany/Italy. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. 82 min.
Screenplay by Sergio Amidei, Franz von Treuberg, from the novel by Stefan Zweig. With Ingrid Bergman, Mathias Wieman, Kurt Kreuger. The fifth and final of the Bergman-Rossellini features is in many ways the most painful, set in a territory (Germany) alien to them both, but drawing on personal issues that would soon lead to the end of their relationship. The devoted wife of a prominent scientist, Irene (Bergman) has managed to keep her affair with a handsome younger man a secret from her spouse—until her lover’s jealous ex initiates a blackmail scheme. Digital restoration by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Cineteca Nazionale and Istituto Luce Cinecittà as part of the Rossellini Project. Courtesy Janus Films. English version. Selected by the curators.