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The Cornet

Der Cornet. Die Weise von Liebe und Tod

Directed by Walter Reisch
West Germany, 1955
History, Romance, War


Rilke’s Lay of the Love and Death as an autumnal and melancholy film poem about the horrors of war. A visually splendid history painting, to be seen as a comment on the then ongoing armament discussion in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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The Cornet Directed by Walter Reisch

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  • José Neves's rating of the film The Cornet

    Again, the beautiful image of a time when cinema knew color and, at times, an interruption from the usual and rather traditional narrativity for brief moments of Rilke's poesis suspension, words'music accompanied by images. And above all, the extraordinary Anita Björk's countess Gräfin von Zathmar, isolated and mourning in her castle, is a worthy predecessor of Monica Vitti's queen in "Il Mistero di Oberwald."

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