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50 Ratings

The Legend of Rita

Die Stille nach dem Schuß

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
Germany, 2000
Drama, Romance, Thriller


Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service.

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The Legend of Rita Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2000 | 4 wins including: Best Actress

European Film Awards

2000 | 2 nominations including: European Actress

German Film Awards

2000 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Gold)

What are people saying?

  • Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film The Legend of Rita

    2-3. I'd say it's fair; it's pretty slow for the most part, but using Gudrun Ensslin as the model for a fish-out-of-water romantic comedy is a neat idea. The tension really amps up by the end, in conjunction with Rita's gradual defeat at the hands of the world around her. It doesn't reach the wit or incendiary attitude of other films I've seen in this genre, but I don't think it was a waste of time either.