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The costume drama Die Marquise von O is French director Eric Rohmer's first feature-length theatrical release after a four-year break from filmmaking. Based on a short story by Henrich von Kleist, the dialogue is spoken in the original German language and the story is set in Italy during the Franco-Prussian War. Edith Clever plays the widowed Marquise, who is sexually assaulted by Russian soldiers and rescued by a Count (Bruno Ganz). Some time later, she has to explain to her parents (Peter Lühr and Edda Seippel)...
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Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz, Edda Seippel, Otto Sander September 5, 2000 DVD New in new packaging. Language: German. Run time: 105 mins. Originally released: 1976.

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The costume drama Die Marquise von O is French director Eric Rohmer's first feature-length theatrical release after a four-year break from filmmaking. Based on a short story by Henrich von Kleist, the dialogue is spoken in the original German language and the story is set in Italy during the Franco-Prussian War. Edith Clever plays the widowed Marquise, who is sexually assaulted by Russian soldiers and rescued by a Count (Bruno Ganz). Some time later, she has to explain to her parents (Peter Lühr and Edda Seippel) and brother (Otto Sander) why she's pregnant. Die Marquise von O won the Grand Jury Prize in the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Eric Rohmer's adaptation of the Kleist novella is a quietly charming, exquisitely wrought film. Set during the 18th century, the film focuses on an unmarried young Marquise (Edith Clever) who becomes mysteriously pregnant months after having narrowly avoided rape. Rohmer's fascination with Christian themes continues with this gently ironic twist on Church doctrine. The soul of the film is a beautifully modulated performance by the legendary German actress, who charts a gradual course from delicate embarrassment to desperate humiliation with stunning control. Rohmer practices his customary restraint, like Mizoguchi, registering the most passionate moments from a distance. Slyly commenting on the bourgeois obsession with respectability by setting it against the suggestively miraculous event, he makes the discomfort of the young woman's parents at once comic and touching. Bruno Ganz, as the unusually tactful Count, puts a brilliant finish on this wise and witty fable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2000
  • UPC: 720917523828
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edith Clever La Marquise
Bruno Ganz Le Conte
Edda Seippel Mother
Otto Sander Brother
Ruth Drexel Midwife
Peter Luehr
Technical Credits
Eric Rohmer Director, Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Cecile Decugis Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Juliette [12:50]
2. Beloved Child [11:54]
3. Utterly Miserable [12:22]
4. Fondest Wish [15:37]
5. Angry Father [11:45]
6. Someone Eles [15:25]
7. Real St. Thomas! [12:33]
8. Accepted [5:49]
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   Scene Access
   Filmographies & Awards
      Edith Clever
      Bruno Ganz
      Eric Rohmer
   Production Credits
   Dvd Newsletter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    A masterpiece by a master director!

    Closely follows Kleist's novel. A wonderful example of Rohmer's dialogic style, set at the start of the XIXth Century and anticipating the tableaux of "The Lady and the Duke".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ridiculous

    This is a ridiculous movie. If you're REALLY into this sort of thing, ok, go for it. But I wouldn't recommend it. The plot line is really unbelievable at times (as in, you can't believe they actually expect you to buy it). Acting is pretty mediocre. I wouldn't waste my money on it. If you're looking for German films, there are some much more enjoyable ones out there. If you're looking for this type of film (time period or whatnot)... I can't think of any offhand, but there have to be better ones than this. My advice is to keep looking.

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