New York

Lothar Lambert

Collective for Living Cinema

The Nightmare Woman is the purported story of Ulrike S., an actress plagued since childhood by a disfiguring squint. To rectify her figure, Beate M., as the actress is named in this film, undergoes four operations which she hopes will alleviate her imperfection and remove her from the churning vat of misery and despair which she finds herself splashing around in. But nothing helps. Her ex-husband was a grizzly animal who pawed her with the insistence of a neurotic dog. Her current “lover” watches television. Her younger son treats her with contempt, and his brother lavishes her with an empathy rife with sexual confusion. Her psychiatrist dreads her visits. Her mother declines. Her father has taken up with a younger woman. As a result, Beate hallucinates a life of unrelenting glamorous expenditure. She also masturbates a lot.

This film might have been an interesting attempt at dealing with

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