The Legend Of RitaDirector: Volker Schlöndorff
Cast: Volker Schlöndorff
Noted German director Volker Schlondorff helms this riveting exploration of 1970s West German political terrorism. The film opens with Rita (Bibiana Beglau) reminiscing to her unseen friend Tatjana of her life as a radical. Cut to a flashback of her along with her like-minded colleagues robbing a bank. Later while traveling from Beirut to East Berlin, she is carted away for questioning. When the interrogators learn of Rita's vocation, Stasi officer Erwin (Martin Wuttke) releases her and tells her to consult him if she needs help. After she botches the breakout of her boyfriend Andi (Harald Schrott from a West Berlin jail, she calls on her Stasi contact to protect the gang and provide safe passage to Beirut and later to Paris. Tension between the group members -- particularly between Andi and Rita -- soon grow strained. After Rita almost gets arrested for killing a cop, she turns to Erwin, who comes up with a different offer. Rita will stay in East Germany as a working proletarian under an assumed name. While in East Berlin, she befriends Tatjana (Nadja Uhl) who soon becomes her lover. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.
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- Kino Video
Cast & Crew
|Manfred Arbter||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Detlev Fichtner||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Susanne Hopf||Production Designer|
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In the manner of "Thunderheart" this is one of those movies that takes a series of true events involving different people and frames them as though they happened to one person. In this case, it takes a female member of one of the Baader-Meinhof/Red Army Faction type of terrorist groups active in Germany during the seventies and eighties. After at least one bank robbery and a bloody prison escape, she seeks asylum in East Germany, where she adopts the life of a typical worker. THe "Legend" of the title refers to the cover story she is given. She learns that the workers aren't thrilled with socialism and that she is far more dedicated to the cause than her coworkers will ever become. The description of the movie states that there is some sort of lesbian/bisexual content to the movie, but other than one kiss on the lips when she is forced to change cover stories, I didn't see anything like this. Too bad, it may have made the movie more interesting. All in all it was disjointed and disappointing, wasting an idea that could have amounted to something.