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Effi Briest

Fontane Effi Briest

West Germany, 1974
Drama, History


17-year-old Effi Briest is forced into a loveless marriage with the elderly Baron von Instetten. Living as the aristocrat’s trophy wife, Effi endures her provincial existence unhappily. Because of her husband’s constant traveling, she finds companionship with Major Crampas, a charismatic womanizer.

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Effi Briest Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Critics reviews

comes as one of Fassbinder’s most personal works, not in the strict terms of autobiography, but rather presence. The film is narrated by Fassbinder himself, who chose to cast his own mother as the eponymous heroine’s matriarch. Nevertheless, the film takes his distancing effects to an extreme. If abuse and xenophobia gave [Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and Martha] a charge, a far colder, greater tragedy takes place here.
November 04, 2016
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One of the most striking aspects of Fassbinder’s Effi Briest is the lack of causal contact between scenes; each episode gives the impression of occurring more or less in isolation. What’s responsible for this effect—more, perhaps, even than those jarring fades—is the absence of internal momentum within each scene.
May 30, 2014
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