director Gerald Kargl
It’s amazing how Gerald Kargl and Zbigniew Rybczyński’s film Angst languished in relative obscurity for so long. The cinematography is utter bananas, incredibly radical for 1983. It comes as no surprise that it’s one of Gaspar Noé’s favorite films.
It’s also hard to fathom that Kargl never made another feature film and that Rybczyński moved almost exclusively into the music video direction. Rybczyński directed a couple of great 1980’s videos, including a couple that I’ve always really like “All That I Wanted” by the all too obscure Belfegore and the manic and iconic “Close (To the Edit)” by Art of Noise. Both of those feature strange camera techniques that could just have easily fit into Angst.
Angst is inside the head of a serial/spree killer, and the wonky camera angles play as the skewered view of the world of this impulsive madman. It’s also as harsh and realistic a psychological portrayal as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) but in other ways it’s also reminiscent of aspects of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971), an extremely visual and cinematic horrorshow.
The film’s bleakness is emotionally palpable. It’s visual style is off the charts.