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The Marquise of O (1976)

Cast: Edith Clever, Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz, more...
Director: Eric Rohmer, Eric Rohmer
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Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Germany
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
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The costume drama Die Marquise von O is French director Eric Rohmer's first feature-length theatrical release after a four-year break from filmmaking. Based on a short story by Henrich von Kleist, the dialogue is spoken in the original German language and the story is set in Italy during the Franco-Prussian War. Edith Clever plays the widowed Marquise, who is sexually assaulted by Russian soldiers and rescued by a Count (Bruno Ganz). Some time later, she has to explain to her parents (Peter Lühr and Edda Seippel) and brother (Otto Sander) why she's pregnant. Die Marquise von O won the Grand Jury Prize in the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

one good turn results in a strange story by PGalloway June 2, 2003 - 4:24 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I can't exactly rate this movie, as I'm still not sure if I like it. Aside from the rather strange attempt to redeem the action of having sex with an unconscious woman whom he rescued from a forcible rape, the protestations of love that are at the heart of this movie feel forced. The dialog is turgid, and the morality play that this film attempts to present seems stilted at best. The finest moments in the movie belong to Edith Clever, who is a pleasure to watch. I enjoyed the scenes played between her and her parents, and her parents with each other. The costuming is lovely, but the film ultimately did not move me. I can't really give this a resounding recommendation, but then it may be your cup of tea.

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