The Legend of Rita

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A West German woman attempts to escape the shadow of her radical past in Kino On Video's release of director Volker Schlöndorff's thriller The Legend of Rita . Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring audio rendered in German Dolby Digital Stereo, this disc also offers optional English subtitles. Extra features include director's audio commentary and a U.S. theatrical trailer.
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A West German woman attempts to escape the shadow of her radical past in Kino On Video's release of director Volker Schlöndorff's thriller The Legend of Rita . Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring audio rendered in German Dolby Digital Stereo, this disc also offers optional English subtitles. Extra features include director's audio commentary and a U.S. theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Volker Schlöndorff; U.S. theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Erickson
In the heyday of New German Cinema, director Volker Schlöndorff lurked in the shadow of his peers until making a splash with The Tin Drum. Now that his colleagues have died Rainer Werner Fassbinder, lost their spark Wim Wenders, or wound up marginalized Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Werner Herzog, his work's modest virtues -- especially its political intelligence, encompassing a matter-of-fact treatment of bisexuality here -- suddenly spring out in bold relief. The Legend of Rita takes a thoughtful look back at two subjects that may be easier to view clearly now: communism and the wave of left-wing terrorism that swept West Germany in the '70s. Rita Bibiana Beglau is an East German refugee and member of a radical, unnamed cell operating in West Germany. After she kills a man while trying to free the cell's leader from prison, she takes to ordinary working-class life, essentially because of her belief in the ideals behind communism. She perseveres with a few hippie trappings, while her co-workers realize how little the system actually lives up to its ideological premises. The Legend of Rita eventually coalesces into a film about the counterculture that's rare for being neither a soft-centered nostalgia piece nor a conservative reprimand. Well aware that Rita's violent actions are counterproductive, the movie still finds her naive dreams of improving the world worth honoring. Rather than lament our inability to grasp the past, it shines a clear light on recent history. Kino's DVD adds liner notes by Schlöndorff and screenwriter Wolfgang Kolhaase, as well as a revealing -- if stiffly delivered -- audio commentary by the director.
All Movie Guide
The English title for Die Stille nach dem Schuss is most frequently listed as The Legend of Rita, but sometimes appears as The Legends of Rita, plural, which more accurately distills the most interesting aspect of this film by German director Volker Schlondorff. It's not so much the "legendary" story of a 1970s German political terrorist and the strange events that befall her, but instead a look at her multiple incarnations, or "legends" -- her multiple identities necessary to disguise her from capture. The viewer watches, with a mixture of humor and sorrow, as Bibiana Beglau's Rita continually reinvents her appearance, official papers, place of residence, and place of employment, all to support the fragile security of a political movement that has long since lapsed from her list of priorities. The film captures a strong sense of life as a fugitive, as well as Rita's creeping awareness that she can never expect to experience lasting happiness, or cherish any of her acquaintances longer than a few years. Beglau gives a complex performance, melting from reactionary vigor to the kind of harmless placidity that will help her blend into the scenery -- and, she discovers, may be closer to her true character.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • UPC: 738329021825
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,923

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Irrek Klatte
Bibiana Beglau Rita
Martin Wuttke Erwin
Harald Schrott Andi
Nadja Uhl Tatjana
Technical Credits
Volker Schlöndorff Director, Screenwriter
Manfred Arbter Sound/Sound Designer
Detlev Fichtner Sound/Sound Designer
Susanne Hopf Production Designer
Wolfgang Kohlhaase Screenwriter
Peter Przygodda Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. chapter selection
1. the glory days [6:51]
2. political barbecue [8:39]
3. stuck in paris [8:04]
4. a new offer [9:00]
5. the legend of "susanne" [5:25]
6. tatjana [8:50]
7. close calls [8:33]
8. going back home [5:57]
9. the final chapter [5:24]
10. "sabine" and jochen [7:19]
11. another new offer [6:31]
12. a token of loyalty [6:03]
13. wanted both ways [9:02]
14. finished [2:11]
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Side #1 --
   play the movie
   u.s. theatrical trailer
   kino on video highlights
      Come and See
      happy together
      fallen angels
      those who love me can take the train
      institute benjamenta
      Time Regained
   audio commentary
      audio commentary: on
      audio commentary: off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could have done more with this idea

    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.

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