The Marquise of O (1976)
"Die Marquise von O..." (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, History  |  19 May 1976 (France)
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A German Marquise has to deal with a pregnancy she cannot explain and an infatuated Russian Count.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edith Clever ...
Die Marquise
Der Graf
Edda Seippel ...
Die Mutter, Die Obristin
Peter Lühr ...
Der Vater, Der Obrist
Der Bruder, Der Forstmeister
Eduard Linkers ...
Der Arzt
Ruth Drexel ...
Die Hebamme
Bernhard Frey ...
Hesso Huber ...
Der Türsteher
Erich Schachinger ...
Der General
Richard Rogner ...
Der Offizier
Thomas Straus ...
Der Kurier
Volker Prechtel ...
Der Pfarrer
Marion Müller ...
Die Kammerfrau
Heidi Möller ...
Die Kammerfrau


During the attack on an Italian town by Russian forces, the Marquise of O., the daughter of the colonel in charge of the defence, is attacked by a group of Russian soldiers. A Russian Count comes to her rescue, and falls in love with her. While he is away, she discovers that she is pregnant, though she cannot explain how that happened. Her father repudiates her, and she has to reject the Count while trying to find out who the father of her child is. Written by Pruneau

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Release Date:

19 May 1976 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Marquise of O  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,866 (USA) (28 August 2015)


$4,316 (USA) (28 August 2015)

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1.37 : 1
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During the scene when the Count rids the Marquise of her attackers, there are visible studio lights perched on top of the battlements. See more »


Version of La marquise d'O (1959) See more »

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it remained faithful to the book
7 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I originally read Heinrich von Kleist's "Die Marquise von O..." in a German class. Renting the movie, I naturally had to wonder whether or not they would stay faithful to the novel. They did. This story of an 18th century marquise (Edith Clever) who inexplicably becomes pregnant has surprises at every corner. In case you don't know the whole story, I won't spoil it for you, but you will be surprised at what happens. Strong performances by Clever and Bruno Ganz as The Count carry the movie, as does the perfect direction from Eric Rohmer.

Oh, and in case you're wondering about that "O...", it's deliberately incomplete, as are some other names in the story.

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