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Fontane Effi Briest (1974)

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 ...
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Wüllersdorf (as Karl-Heinz Böhm)
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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 »

Quotes

Effi Briest: He was as noble as one who doesn't know true love can be.
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The word "masterpiece" comes immediately to mind...
23 March 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film has everything one could ask for: astonishing visual intelligence and imagination, wonderfully evocative, impeccably composed images that draw on silent cinema and painting, all perfectly adapted to the very moving story being told, and the period/milieu in which it unfolds: Effie Briest is presented as enclosed in the many different spaces (most of them - especially the interiors - saturated with stifling formality, social rectitude and conformity) through which she moves and in which she lives, or tries to live (the bird in the cage being a transparent symbol of all this). Quite simply, Fassbinder knows - knew - what "mise en scene" really means. The passage of time is brilliantly handled (through, for example, the use of the fade to white, intertitles and a moving voice-over narration), and the cast is flawless, as well as being flawlessly directed. A film of immense dignity and power, yet it somehow remains understated...


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