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Effi Briest (1974)

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In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town.... See full summary »
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Wolfgang Schenck ...
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Lilo Pempeit ...
Frau Briest
Herbert Steinmetz ...
Ursula Strätz ...
Irm Hermann ...
Karlheinz Böhm ...
Wüllersdorf (as Karl-Heinz Böhm)
Karl Scheydt ...
Kruse
Barbara Lass ...
Polnische Köchin
Rudolf Lenz ...
Geheimrat Rummschüttel
Andrea Schober ...
Annie von Instetten
Eva Mattes ...
Theo Tecklenburg ...
Pastor Niemeyer
An Dorthe Braker ...
Frau Pasche (as Anndorthe Braker)
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In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town. She soon bears a daughter, Annie, and hires the lapsed Catholic Roswitha to look after her. Effi is lonely when her husband is away on business, so she spends time riding and walking along the shore with Major Crampas. Instetten is promoted to Ministerial Councillor and the family moves to Berlin, where Effi enjoys the social life. Six years later, the Baron is given letters from Crampas to Effi that convince him that they had an affair. He feels obliged to challenge Crampas to a duel and banish Effi from the house. Written by Will Gilbert

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16 June 1977 (USA)  »

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DEM 750,000 (estimated)
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Ulli Lommel 's, who played Major Campas, voice was dubbed by Wolfgang Hess. Lommel was in Italy during post-production and wasn't able to participate. See more »

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Effi Briest: He was as noble as one who doesn't know true love can be.
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Somehow drained of life; not a good second Fassbinder film for me.

Effie is a young maiden who marries a Baron and talks about ghosts a lot. Effie Briest is in black and white, and its by Fassbinder. Beyond that, I just didn't like it.

The characters are cold and distant, they move like statues and speak slowly as in a Dreyer film. The narrative techniques create a literacy atmosphere, fading to white, having brief title cards, and a narrator (voiced by Fassbinder) who interferes long after when he was needed, keeping us at a distance. Its a nice looking film, gorgeous in black and white, often like a painting of 18th Century characters standing on beaches or in drawing rooms. It doesn't remind me of Sirk specifically, aside from the few shots in mirrors and the overly composed shots. There's no histrionics, and hardly any music; melo in melodrama means music. The scenes on the beach where the narrator talks for minutes while we watch the characters from a mid-shot are either meant to be funny or they don't work at all, I can't decide. After watching some Ingmar Bergman films, the massive lack of humanity in this Fassbinder film makes it feel totally empty to me.


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