While this film created a furor upon release, not only for its frank treatment of social and sexual mores in Germany during and after WWII, but also for a modest nude scene, it may seem tame today. Nonetheless, there is a vibrancy here that prefigures Fassbinder and an interesting approach to narrative, voice over, montage and framing that is very modern and adds quite a lot to what is basically a conventional tear jerker that adheres to somewhat traditional Sturm und Drang/Romantic conventions. Well worth the effort to see.
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