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Martha (I) (1974)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  28 May 1974 (West Germany)
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A single woman in her early thirties, Martha (Margit Carstensen) is on vacation with her father in Rome when he has a heart attack and falls down dead. She reacts rather indifferently and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margit Carstensen ...
Martha Salomon, née Heyer
Karlheinz Böhm ...
Barbara Valentin ...
Marianne
Peter Chatel ...
Kaiser
Gisela Fackeldey ...
Mother Heyer
Adrian Hoven ...
Father Heyer
Ortrud Beginnen ...
Erna
Wolfgang Schenck ...
Meister
Günter Lamprecht ...
Dr. Herbert Salomon
El Hedi ben Salem ...
Hotel guest
Rudolf Lenz ...
Porter
Kurt Raab ...
Secretary - German embassy
Elma Karlowa ...
Waitress
Heide Simon ...
Nurse
Lilo Pempeit ...
(as Lieselotte Eder)
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A single woman in her early thirties, Martha (Margit Carstensen) is on vacation with her father in Rome when he has a heart attack and falls down dead. She reacts rather indifferently and returns home to her highly-strung mother and begins to new era of her life taking care of a completely ungrateful and insulting mother (declining an offer of marriage from her boss). After a barrage of verbal abuse and offensive remarks from her mother who see's her as an 'ugly old spinster' she accepts a proposal of marriage from an equally insulting and disrespectful man, Helmuth. They honeymoon in Italy. While there Helmuth resigns Martha from the job that she loves, sends her mother to a mental institution, and lets his wife get horribly burnt in the sun while sleeping, then painfully rapes her. Martha gets back to Germany to find that Helmuth has rented them a new house, and she will not be able to return to her old home even to collect any of her things, which he says must be left behind her. ... Written by K Wedgwood

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28 May 1974 (West Germany)  »

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Gymni brosta sto dolofono  »

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Because of legal reasons, the film wasn't shown for over 20 Years. Cornell Woolrich claimed that the film has a lot similarities to one of his novels. Fassbinder replied, that he first read the story after filming was complete. Nevetheless Woolrich got a writing-credit, and after his death they were able to clear the rights. The first German screening of a restored edition was in November 1997. See more »

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[first lines]
Martha Salomon, née Heyer: Yes, father, I'm coming down in a minute. No, father, I'm in the bath now. I'm going later.
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16 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bleak, complex melodrama with dark comedy trappings, in which our miserable hero (the titular character) shortly after the death of an overbearing father, becomes married to a sadist and rapist. But her characterization as a superficially Dosty-type Idiot-hero is complicated by ambiguity and a kind of masochism: viz. her complicity in her own victimization; Martha is no Myshkin. With only occasional exceptions [ e.g. Günter Lamprecht in "Berlin Alexanderplatz"], rwf characters resemble Kenneth Anger's in that they function essentially as models to be dressed in beautiful costumes, lit, and photographed, and Hitchcock's and von Trier's in that they act as puppets in his dramatic inventions, almost never seeming quite -real.- But here, I think Carstensen is also an exception, her performance so desperate and full of life and vulnerability, and within Fassbinder's stylized melodrama there is an excruciating realism and beauty. Also caught some references to Sirk.


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