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The Marquise of O

Die Marquise von O...

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, West Germany, 1976


Inspired by Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 novella Die Marquise von O, Éric Rohmer’s period drama tells the story of the Marquise von O, a virtuous widow, who in 1799 finds herself pregnant and protests her innocence while possibly deserving to be exiled.

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The Marquise of O Directed by Éric Rohmer

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1976 | Winner: Grand Prize of the Jury

National Board of Review

1976 | 2 wins including: Best Foreign Language Film

BAFTA Awards

1977 | Winner: Best Costume Design

Many of the film’s compositions are borrowed more-or-less ironically from contemporary art… The extraordinary effect of bending a real woman – actress Edith Clever – into the ‘idealised’, unnatural, distorted poses of neo-classical womanhood, even in the most ordinary domestic settings and situations, is Rohmer’s visual analogue for the cultured, ideological violence done to women by family and society.
March 17, 2017
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It would be possible to view the film with casual detachment, to use its delicate humor and cool irony as a defense mechanism. One could even go so far as to read the ending as a sarcastic joke similar to the one that ends Le Bonheur, which revisits the film’s opening image of familial bliss, but with the man’s wife now replaced by his mistress. But to do so would be to ignore the film’s emotional locus; it would be to overlook the gravity with which Rohmer treats the very act of living.
August 27, 2016
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While Rohmer’s style, at once densely detailed and starkly artificial, knowingly accentuates the chamber aspects of the drama, it’s his attention to the emotional dimensions of the material which renders this one of his most powerful character studies.
August 26, 2015
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