Margarethe von Trotta

  • Cuini Amelio-Ortiz – Margarethe von Trotta – Zeit der Frauen (2022)

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    Margarethe von Trotta Zeit der Frauen (2022)
    Margarethe von Trotta Zeit der Frauen (2022)

    Margarethe von Trotta is one of the few German female director icons and is internationally revered as a star director. In 2022 she will celebrate her 80th birthday. Her works are among the most important German films and have written German (film) history. Margarethe von Trotta asserted herself early on in a purely male domain. In 1981 she won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for “Die leaden time” and thus started her world career.Read More »

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Götter der Pest AKA Gods of the Plague (1970)

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    Götter der Pest (1970)
    Götter der Pest (1970)

    Harry Baer plays a newly released ex-convict who slowly but surely finds his way back into the Munich criminal underworld. Meanwhile, his attentions are torn between two women (Hanna Schygulla and Margarethe von Trotta) and the friend (Günther Kaufmann) who shot his brother. This sensual, artfully composed film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is a study of romantic and professional futility.Read More »

  • Margarethe von Trotta – Vision – Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

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    The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman – best known as a composer and religious visionary – whose grand claims often run counter to the patriarchal world around her.

    The monks and nuns at the convent become a kind of family, offering both confidants and enemies. For example Jutta, struggling with her jealousy of Hildegard’s success, and the young Richardis who worships Hildegard both as an intellectual role model and a mother figure.Read More »

  • Margarethe von Trotta – Tatort: Unter uns (2007)

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    The former owner of a craftsman’s business, Wolfgang Kunert, who has been unemployed for a long time, is waiting at the job agency. When it is his turn after four hours of waiting time, which Heidi Ganz, the agency responsible for him, cannot offer him any work and points out his misconduct in general, he loses his nerves. He pulls out a gun and takes Mrs. Ganz hostageRead More »

  • Klaus Lemke – Brandstifter (1969)

    1961-1970DramaGermanyKlaus Lemke

    A drama set in Cologne’s revolutionary circles of the late 1960s.
    Die in der außerparlamentarischen Opposition aktive Studentin Anka hat vonfolgenlosen Diskussionen die Nase voll.

    Da sie nicht mehr daran glaubt, mit Worten allein die Welt verändern zu können, plant sie eine militante Aktion: Aus Protest gegen den Vietnam-Krieg deponiert sie eine Bombe in einem Kölner Kaufhaus, um die Öffentlichkeit zur Auseinandersetzung zu zwingen.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 »

  • Volker Schlöndorff – Der Fangschuß AKA Coup de grâce (1976)

    Drama1971-1980GermanyQueer Cinema(s)Volker SchlöndorffWar


    Synopsis wrote:
    Coup de Grâce (German: Der Fangschuß, French: Le Coup de grâce) is a 1976 West German film directed by Volker Schlöndorff. It was adapted from the novel by the same name by the French author Marguerite Yourcenar. The title comes from the French expression, meaning “finishing blow”.

    Synopsis: A countess’ unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster. Latvia, 1919: the end of the Russian Civil War. An aristocratic young woman (brilliantly played by Margarethe von Trotta) becomes involved with a sexually repressed Prussian soldier. When she is rejected by her love, the young woman is sent into a downward spiral of psychosexual depression, promiscuity, and revolutionary collaboration. A startling tale of heartbreak and violence set against the backdrop of bloody revolution, Volker Schlöndorff’s Coup de grâce is a powerful film that explores the interrelation of private passion and political commitment.
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  • Margarethe von Trotta – Hannah Arendt (2012)

    2011-2020DramaGermanyMargarethe von Trotta

    A reminder of the New School philosophy professor Hannah Arendt, and the controversy she provoked when she published her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, might not be such a bad thing in an era in which so many feel so compelled to simplify societies’ most galling atrocities. Just as it’s more inviting to believe that various terrorist factions around the world are inhuman creatures concerned only with gobbling up America’s precious freedom, it’s also more comfortable to deny the architects and executioners of the Holocaust their humanity, as that distances everyone else from their own potential capacity for cruelty.Read More »

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