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The Legend of Rita (2000)
"Die Stille nach dem Schuß" (original title)

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Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant ... See full summary »

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Erwin Hull
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Tatjana
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Andreas 'Andi' Klein
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Jochen Pettka
Jenny Schily ...
Friederike Adebach
Mario Irrek ...
Joachim Klatte
Franca Kastein ...
Anna
Thomas Arnold ...
Gerngross
Dietrich Körner ...
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Rudolf Donath ...
Tatjanas Vater (as Rudolph Donath)
Monika Pietsch ...
Tatjanas Mutter
Matthias Wien ...
Doktor Gruber (as Matti Wien)
Petra Ehlert ...
Beate
Hannelore Schubert ...
Christa
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Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, which unavoidably happens after the German re-unification. Written by Marcelo R. <marcelo_fpr@hotmail.com>

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$9,318 (USA) (26 January 2001)

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$671,565 (USA) (23 March 2001)
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Fascinating subject, but emotionally flat
8 September 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's the cultural specificity of the piece, but somehow Volker Schlondorff's "The Legends of Rita" fails to hit the right emotional chords, where essentially the film's humanism-over-politics thematics want to evoke in the audience. Don't get me wrong, "Rita" is an excellently crafted film, subtle and never forceful. The film succeeds above and beyond expectations in its depiction of the latter years of the GDR, portraying an ideologically bankrupt nation whose environments and inhabitants seem to be caught in a state of limbo. Perhaps Schlondorff's acquiring of the former DEFA (and UFA before it) Babelsburg studios is the main reason for the authenticity of his vision of the former East. As well, this is a departure from the realm of fantasy that Schlondorff had probed history within in such works as "The Ogre" and "The Tin Drum." Instead, as with Bertolucci's "Besieged," the director has returned to his roots in filmmaking and provided a once-again fresh, verité aesthetic. This could very well be a companion piece to "The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum," although, as I mentioned earlier, the emotions fall flat here, failing to deliver an ultimate, devastating "punch."


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