The Marquise of O... = Die Marquise von O...

Germany, 1976

Film
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In a move away from his apparently casual use of contemporary French settings, Rohmer presents this German costume drama, a faithful adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s novella. While echoing Kleist’s ironic standpoint on the absurd severities of convention, Rohmer quite justifiably distances himself from the period. Emoting with hieratic gestures inappropriate to their rigidly suppresed inner feelings and desires, his characters are gently and exquisitely funny. Yet by the same token, evolving against simple, uncluttered backgrounds that contrive to suggest the setting for some classical tragedy, they are also infinitely moving. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1976 the film stars Bruno Ganz and Edith Clever and has outstanding photography by Nestor Almendros. German language with English subtitles.

Credits

director

Eric Rohmer

co-producer

Barbet Schroeder

Klaus Hellwig

production company

Les Films du Losange

Janus Film

Language

German

Duration

01:40:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

39511

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Germany

Foreign language films

Literature → German literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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