Robert Kramer Retrospective [1983]


La Peur
- 1983 / France / French / Color / 6 min / Video

Text: Sylvie Quesemand
Photography: Richard Copans
Editing: Francine Sandberg
Music: Barre Phillips
Sound: François de Morand
Cast: Franck Oger, François Laurent
Producer: Martine Durand
Production Company: TF1

The film was shot for the television series “Saga-Un magagine de la connaissance” (A Magazine of Knowledge, third series)

-- “I take the Laure character in As Fast as You Can and do this short film for Fear, which was just a commission from a scientific journal. It was a pilot that INA was trying to sell to FR3. It was five-to-seven minute movies, each one about a different scientific subject. Mine was fear, other people had electricity . . . Right away I said, ‘Great. I’ve got a 45 minutes movie, Birth. I’ve got an hour-long movie, As Fast as You Can. And now Fear is going to be the footnote to that,’ because it really is around fear—what I think these people are seeing as they see themselves in the mirror. That way of thinking about the commissions was extremely liberating.”

—Robert Kramer (Festival Cinema Giovani 1997)

• Robert Kramer Retrospective | FALN | In the Country | The Edge | Ice | People’s War | Milestones | Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal | Guns | A Great Day in France / Birth | As Fast as You Can | Fear | Doc’s Kingdom | Route One / USA | Dear Doc | Berlin 10/90 | Video Letters: Robert Kramer and Stephen Dwoskin | Leeward | Point de départ / Starting Place | Walk the Walk | The Coat | Ghosts of Electricity | SayKomSa | Cities of the Plain | Against Forgetting