In the Middle Ages, the earl Wetter von Stahl is accused of having bewitched Catherine, the daughter of the gunsmith of Heilbronn, the earl tries to be exonerated by proceeding himself to the interrogation of the young woman.
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From an extraordinary play by Kleist, Rohmer with some of his usual actors builds a hybrid between an idea of a great historical spectacle and a smaller romantic intrigue, almost domestic, despite the immense density of the writer's words. To play between these assumptions, insisting on something of a cinematic dimension, namely in the flashback and oneirism moments, is something very much appreciable.