Böse zu sein ist auch ein Beweis von Gefühl

Fury is a Feeling Too
“A sort of cranky, witty, intellectually astute rendition of a Frommer’s Guide replete with architectural treats and warnings about the unwieldy temperaments of the natives.” (Barbara Kruger, Art Forum)
Cynthia Beatt raises questions and provokes reflection on a range of issues to do with language and culture, politics and history. Her film is a personal and cathartic confrontation with being a foreigner in Berlin, burdened by the weight of its history, during the 1970s and ‘80s. Filmed in the area around Potsdamer Platz, the torn-up area right next to the Wall where post-war buildings grew out of the bomb craters, the film paints the picture of the loss of an architectural text whose destruction also meant the disappearance of a cultural context. Shrapnel-pitted facades alternate with rooms where social altercations about Germans scarred by their history are staged. The somber elegiac music of Maurice Weddington underscores the discordant character of this unsentimental, accusing film.
by Cynthia Beatt
with Heinz Emigholz, Cynthia Beatt, Margaret DeWys, Fritz Mikesch, Astrid Heibach, Ed Cantu, Ellen El Malki, Daniel Lengyel, Rita Lengyel, Gustav  Hámos, Milena Gregor
Germany 1983 German 25’ Colour

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Heinz Emigholz
  • Cynthia Beatt
  • Margaret DeWys
  • Fritz Mikesch
  • Astrid Heibach
  • Ed Cantu
  • Ellen El Malki
  • Daniel Lengyel
  • Rita Lengyel
  • Gustav  Hámos
  • Milena Gregor


Written and Directed by Cynthia Beatt
Cinematography Elfi Mikesch, Ebba Jahn, Cynthia Beatt
Editing Dörte  Völz
Music Maurice  Weddington
Sound Margit Eschenbach
Production Design Cynthia  Beatt
Casting Cynthia  Beatt
Production Manager Hildegard Westbeld, Marianne Gassner
Producer Cynthia Beatt Heartbeatt Pictures GmbH
Commissioned by SFB, Redaktion: Jürgen Tomm
Digital Restoration Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst

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Cynthia Beatt

Cynthia Beatt grew up in Jamaica and the Fiji Islands. She studied at Bath Academy of Art and then moved into film. After working with 24 Frames in London, she travelled for a year through the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, India, and then moved to Berlin. In the 1970s and 80s she worked with the Arsenal and the InternationalForum of New Cinema, programmed major retrospectives of Roberto Rossellini, Fritz Lang, Jean Rouch, Powell and Pressburger, Max Opühls. She began directing films in 1979. Fury is a Feeling Too had its world premiere at the Forum in 1984.


1980 Beschreibung einer Insel (Study of an Island); 200 min. 1983 Böse zu sein ist auch ein Beweis von Gefühl (Fury is a Feeling too); 25 min., Forum 1984 1986 Dakui Gau Trio · Namosi 1988 Cycling the Frame; 27 min. 1991 The Party – Nature Morte; 89 min., Forum 1992 2009 The Invisible Frame; 60 min. 2014 A House in Berlin; 96 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021