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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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."