Saturday, June 21

Effi Briest (1974) - Rainer Werner Fassbinder

"... Although I believe Effi Briest is one of [Rainer Werner] Fassbinder's most intricate masterpieces, as discussed below, in many ways it is also one of his most accessible films. On its most basic level, it features an engrossing melodrama about adultery, albeit one purposefully shorn of histrionics. Set in the closed, repressive Prussian society of the Bismarck era, it shows what happens when seventeen-year-old Effi Briest (Hanna Schygulla, who appeared in twenty of Fassbinder's films), with prodding from her parents, makes an expedient marriage to a rising politician twice her age, Baron Geert von Instetten (Wolfgang Schenck), and later has an affair with the charming Major Crampas (Ulli Lommel)."
Jim's Reviews - The Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder
NY Times
senses of cinema - Effi Briest: Beyond Adultery
film comment - Fassbinder Adapts: Effi Briest
ZIMBIO: Effi Briest (Video)

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