Tag Archives: Barbara Sukowa

Serge Gainsbourg – Équateur (1983)

Gainsbourg’s second film. Booed when screened out of competition in Cannes 1983, the film was a commercial and critical failure. It’s a fascinating mess of a film, apparently plagued by troubles during the on location shoot in Africa and it shows.

The film tells the story of Timar, a man who arrives in Gabon and falls in love with Adele. He is astonished at the conviction of an African for a murder which, in fact, had been committed by Adele. Read More »

Margarethe von Trotta – Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg (1985)

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In this film, director Margarethe Von Trotta presents an inspiring and impressionistic portrait of the European socialist leader (1870 – 1919) who spent much time in prison as a result of her unpopular political views. In a performance which won her the Best Actress nod at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, Barbara Sukowa reveals Rosa’s multifaceted personality which encompassed a love of nature, a sensitivity to suffering, an unflagging hatred of militarism, and a yearning for peace. After viewing this screen biography, many will no doubt agree with Helen Deutsch’s evaluation of Rosa Luxemburg: “She was too great to be considered ‘only a woman,’ even by her enemies.” Read More »

Margarethe von Trotta – Die bleierne Zeit AKA Marianne & Juliane (1981)

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Two sisters both fight for women’s rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live. Read More »

Margarethe von Trotta – Die bleierne Zeit AKA Marianne & Juliane (1981)

Germany, 1968: The priest’s daughters Marianna and Juliane both fight for changes in society, like making abortion legal. However their means are totally different: while Juliane’s committed as a reporter, her sister joins a terroristic organization. After she’s caught by the police and put into isolation jail, Juliane remains as her last connection to the rest of the world. Although she doesn’t accept her sister’s arguments and her boyfriend Wolfgang doesn’t want her to, Juliane keeps on helping her sister. She begins to question the way her sister is treated. Read More »