The Legend Of Rita

( 1 )

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (VHS)
  • All (2) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $4.37   
  • Used (1) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$4.37
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(52)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
738329039035 FAST SHIPPING/FACTORY SEALED

Ships from: Jersey City, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • UPC: 738329039035
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Irrek Klatte
Bibiana Beglau Rita
Harald Schrott Andi
Nadja Uhl Tatjana
Martin Wuttke Erwin
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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews