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A redhead, approaching forty, is bored with her husband and with life in general. Having an affair with another man fails to produce the excitement she is craving. So she leaves Germany, ... See full summary »

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Helmut Käutner

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Alfred Andersch (novel), Alfred Andersch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ruth Leuwerik ... Franziska Lukas
Rossano Brazzi ... Fabio
Giorgio Albertazzi ... Patrick O'Malley
Harry Meyen ... Herbert Lucas
Richard Münch Richard Münch ... Joachim
Gert Fröbe ... Kramer
Gianni Solaro Gianni Solaro
Giovanni Rossi Giovanni Rossi
Enzo Ranchetti Enzo Ranchetti
Antonio Acqua Antonio Acqua
Andrea Miami Andrea Miami
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A redhead, approaching forty, is bored with her husband and with life in general. Having an affair with another man fails to produce the excitement she is craving. So she leaves Germany, seeking adventure and fulfillment in Venice, where she finds work in a hotel. Initially, life seems more interesting, and she has new romantic adventures. But when she realizes that her British lover is merely using her for a personal vendetta against a German Nazi, she finds herself running away once again.

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Country:

West Germany | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 June 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Franziska, a ruiva See more »

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Tormento (La Rossa)
Music by Emilia Zanetti, Lyrics by Luigi Tortorella and Antonio de Marco
Performed by Orchestra Gino Mescoli
Sung by Lucia Altieri
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Below par Leuwerik offering
19 July 2004 | by jandewittSee all my reviews

'Die Rote', is adapted from a novel by Alfred Andersch. Ruth Leuwerik is the carrot-topped protagonist, at wit's end over her disappointing marriage and disillusioning secondary romance. She drops both husband and lover to head to Venice, hoping there to land a job and to enjoy a more fulfilling life. Each person with whom Leuwerik comes in contact is also running away from himself or herself; so much for Venice. After being victimized by deceivers and exploited by self-absorbed martyrs, Leuwerik wearily returns home.

Well-intended but somewhat muddled picture that sealed Ruth Leuwerik's fate as box-office cyanide after a string of monumental flops. Her performance is very subtle, giving the over-complicated story its little coherence.

Kaeutner, who just vowed critics and public alike with the superb adaption of 'Ein Glass Wasser' with Gustav Gruendgrens, Hilde Krahl and an overwhelming Liselotte (Lilo) Pulver in the leads, is ill-at-ease with this very talky weltschmerz material.


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