Tag Archives: Barbara Sukowa

David Cronenberg – M. Butterfly [+ Extras] (1993)


René Gallimard, an accountant at the French Embassy in China circa 1967, is invited to a party at the Swedish Embassy where he sees a performance of highlights from Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly, performed by a Chinese ensemble led by the stunning star of the Beijing opera, Song Liling. René tells the beautiful chanteuse that he was captivated by her performance as the Japanese woman who kills herself when she is abandoned by her lover, a United States Naval officer. Song counters that it comes as no surprise that he likes it since the submissive Oriental woman is a typical Western male fantasy. Read More »

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)

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)

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 – Hannah Arendt (2012)


A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Read More »