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Effi Briest

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder's intelligent and idiosyncratic adaptation of Theodor Fontane's novel gets a simple, but well-executed, presentation on DVD. Effi Briest has been given a full-screen transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in German with optional English subtitles. Bonus materials include filmographies for Fassbinder and the cast, information on other titles by the director, and ...
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Overview

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's intelligent and idiosyncratic adaptation of Theodor Fontane's novel gets a simple, but well-executed, presentation on DVD. Effi Briest has been given a full-screen transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in German with optional English subtitles. Bonus materials include filmographies for Fassbinder and the cast, information on other titles by the director, and links to related Internet websites.
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Special Features

New transfer made from restored print ; Subtitle control; Filmographies ; Web links; Information on other Fassbinder films
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It's easy to see what attracted Rainer Werner Fassbinder to Theodor Fontane's 19th-century novel about a young woman abandoned by family and society when her adulterous past comes to light: The German director's movies frequently diagrammed the unhappy fates of individuals trapped by rigid social norms and their own unruly passions. Despite its thematic kinship with the rest of Fassbinder's oeuvre, the movie actually represents something of a stylistic break for the director. Shot in stark black-and-white -- a drastic change from Fassbinder's typically gaudy color films -- Effi Briest employs novelistic flourishes such as intertitles, voiceover narration and fades to white to tell its story. It's a deliberately Brechtian piece, using mirrors, frames within the frame and stilted blocking to impart a distanced and chilly veneer. The rigorous mise-en-scene encourages the audience's critical participation, but also serves as the perfect visual expression of the society the narrative depicts. Detached as it is, Effi Briest unabashedly invites comparisons with contemporary society, implicitly asking whether much has changed. In keeping with Fassbinder's gloomy and deterministic worldview, this exacting movie offers a pessimistic answer to that question.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • UPC: 720917535326
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lilo Pempeit Frau Briest
Andorthe Braker Mrs. Pasche
Barbara Lass Polish Cook
Eva Mattes Hulda
Peter Gauhe Dagobert
Hanna Schygulla Effi Briest
Wolfgang Schenck Baron Geert Von Instetten
Ulli Lommel Maj. Crampas
Herbert Steinmetz Herr Briest
Ursula Straetz Roswitha
Irm Hermann Johanna
Karl Scheydt Kruse
Rudolf Lenz Rummschuettel
Andrea Schober Annie
Barbara Valentin Singer Marietta Tripelli
Hark Bohm Gieshuebler
Karl Heinz Böhm Wuellersdorf
Technical Credits
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Barbara Baum Costumes/Costume Designer
Thea Eymesz Editor
Jürgen Jürges Cinematographer
Dietrich Lohmann Cinematographer
Kurt Raab Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Story of Renunciation
2. Only the Best
3. Cold
4. Spoiled
5. Elite
6. Mediocre People
7. First Separation
8. Beware of the Unusual
9. Mundane Things
10. Pity It's a Girl!
11. An Artifice
12. God's Wall
13. Taking a Walk
14. Goodbye
15. No Longer Afraid
16. Keeping Her Word
17. Up the Stairs
18. The Letters
19. Guilt
20. On Her Own
21. Annie
22. Pining Away
23. Almost
24. Perfect Couple
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Menu

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   Scene Access
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles
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   Special Features
      Fassbinder on DVD
      Fassbinder Filmography
      Hannah Schygulla Filmography
      Weblinks
   Wellspring
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