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Rosemary (1958)

Das Mädchen Rosemarie (original title)
West Germany in '50s is becoming an economic superpower. In such climate, Rosemarie is just one of many enterpreneurs who wants her piece of new fortune. She uses her charms to bring ... See full summary »


Rolf Thiele
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadja Tiller ... Rosemarie
Peter van Eyck ... Fribert
Carl Raddatz ... Hartog
Gert Fröbe ... Bruster
Hanne Wieder Hanne Wieder ... Marga
Mario Adorf ... Horst
Jo Herbst Jo Herbst ... Walter
Werner Peters ... Nakonski
Karin Baal ... Do
Horst Frank ... Student Michael Runge
Erik von Loewis Erik von Loewis ... von Killenschiff
Arno Paulsen Arno Paulsen ... Schmidt
Tilo von Berlepsch Tilo von Berlepsch ... Oelsen
Hubert von Meyerinck ... Kleye
Helen Vita ... Eveline


West Germany in '50s is becoming an economic superpower. In such climate, Rosemarie is just one of many enterpreneurs who wants her piece of new fortune. She uses her charms to bring members of West German industrial elite to her bed. There she finds business secrets and later sells them to French competition. However, when scandal errupts, Rosemarie would find that she can't beat the system. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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A cleverly caustic, stylistic satire, in the tradition of Europe's politically penetrating writers and artists, this film deals with certain aspects of international intrigue and society. It is the true story of a certain "young lady" known simply as Rosemary to her many admirers. Shown at the Venice Film Festival under protest, it received the Italian Critic's Award.




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Release Date:

28 June 1958 (West Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Roxy Film See more »
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1.33 : 1
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a good movie with cool technique
6 February 2003 | by jorilindSee all my reviews

Das Maedchen Rosemarie was a very well-done film. It is about a call-girl,

Rosemarie, who wants to move up in the world. She begins circulating with

important capitalist business clients. Then a french client gets her to become a spy for him, and she begins to feel like she has a lot more power and influence then she really does, and becomes a threat to all of the men. In the meanwhile, all she really wants from the situation is to be an upperclass member like all of them. It's sad because, being a prostitute, she can never really be like a rich man's wife, or a member of elite society.

One unique thing they did with it was to have two musicians (the two men with whom Rosemarie initially lives and works with) sing songs throughout the movie that have to do with what Rosemarie is currently doing. Their songs reflect on the current situation and foreshadow things to come. It is sort of similar to the two male singers in "There's Something about Mary," only this movie, unlike that one, is not moronic.

The fim's being in black and white gives it another interesting effect. It does not have much background music, and reminds one of an Alfred Hitchcock movie in

that respect. It focuses on interesting (and altered/distorted to sound stranger) background noises like the whooshing sound of revolving doors, or the sound of an elevator going up. It also does interesting camera shots such as looking at the carpet (and the shadows of revolving doors) instead of the doors

themselves. It reminded me of how, in Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock chose to focus on the running water, and shadows, in the famous shower/murder scene,

instead of actually depicting the violence.

I really liked this movie, and thought it was very well done, and something

different. Aside from the technical aspects of it, the general story-line was really good in itself, and had a strong message about capitalist germany and how the business and capitalist were taking over everything, and became more

important than the personal lives of less cold-hearted, business-minded people such as Rosemarie. Even though she was a prostitute, she was sort of innocent at the same time, because she could not comprehend how hopeless it was for

her to wish to be a member of the upper class, and how most people were only

using her. She was just a luxury to them, and one more thing they could afford to buy for themselves to make their lives more interesting. They did not want for her to hold any real sway over them, or affect their lives in any way. She did not realize how dangerous it would be for her when she attempted to become a real person.

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