Effi Briest

Effi Briest
  • 1974
  • Germany
  • 2h 14min
  • U
  • Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Written by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Theodor Fontane
  • Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Wolfgang Schenck, Ulli Lommel
  • Language: German

Fassbinder's adaptation of Theodor Fontane's much-filmed novel is a film of icy, stultifying and distant pleasures. Schygulla is superb as the woman married to an older man, who takes a lover out of boredom, with fatal consequences. Beautifully made and shot (in steely black and white) this is undoubtedly one of Fassbinder's more challenging films.

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Stanley Kubrick & Rainer Werner Fassbinder

5 Mar 2009

This month two monsters of cinema meet in the central belt. As German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s takes over the Glasgow Film Theatre (courtesy of Goethe Institut) with a small selection of his better known films (Fear Eats the Soul, Effi Brest…

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