The Effi Briest adaptation by the controversial director of the Preußische Staatstheater (1937–45): Subservient spirit, rigid norms and the military orientation of male society in the late 19th century prove to be not only Effi’s undoing.
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Academic and very old school, but sometimes has its ravishing beauty: the music with the landscapes, only, by itself, as in a Duras film, a tragedy made. Marianne Hoppe was a great actress and the the last part of the film is very impressive: a woman's strength behind her tortured soul. Also an unexpected indictment against conservatism, made against its time.