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Bremen Freedom (1972)

Bremer Freiheit: Frau Geesche Gottfried - Ein bürgerliches Trauerspiel (original title)
A very stylized TV version of the Fassbinder play. The set consists of a few pieces of furniture in front of a large screen on which coastal scenery is back projected. Geesche is a ... See full summary »

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder (play), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (television adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Margit Carstensen ... Geesche Gottfried
Wolfgang Schenck ... Gottfried
Wolfgang Kieling ... Timm
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Mother
Ulli Lommel ... Miltenberger
Hanna Schygulla ... Luisa Mauer
Kurt Raab ... Zimmermann
Fritz Schediwy Fritz Schediwy ... Johann
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Bohm
Walter Sedlmayr Walter Sedlmayr ... Pastor Markus
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A very stylized TV version of the Fassbinder play. The set consists of a few pieces of furniture in front of a large screen on which coastal scenery is back projected. Geesche is a nineteenth century woman who wants to have a mind of her own. She defies convention and will do anything to achieve her freedom from oppression by her family and friends. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 December 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bremen Coffee See more »

Filming Locations:

Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany

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DEM 240,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Stunning, Intense, and Haunting
4 November 2000 | by sleepsevSee all my reviews

This is my most favourite Fassbinder's film to date (I might change my mind in the future as I have seen only 15 films of his.) The movie is represented in the form of a stage play,and this style works very effectively for me. I was stunned when I saw it. It is so raw, yet so moving. It is so minimal, yet so intense. The thing that impressed me the most is the song that Geesche sang repeatedly. For the first time she sang it, I just thought her voice expressed a strong emotion very well. But for the latter times she sang it, it becomes heart-rending. It breaks my heart and makes me want to cry. Her grief was not only expressed, but also instilled into my heart. No matter how brutal or cruel she was, I feel it's hard to hate her. One can understand her reason for killing very well.The opening shot that focuses on her moving feet impressed me a lot. And it never gets dull after that. The tension is maintained very well throughout the movie. The backdrop of the stage enhances my feelings and emotions to the utmost degree. Sometimes the backdrop is a view of the landscape, sometimes it is an enlarged image of her face. But it strikes me every time. It elevates this movie to the highest position. The acting is, of course, top-notch. Margit Carstensen does not only make her character come alive, but she also brings the heart of Geesche inside out. The props on the stage is very sparse, but very appropriately placed. A lot of scenes in this movie were shot from a meaningful angle--the angle that add an important meaning to its own scene. I can see that many shots were very carefully constructed. No big budget is required to make this kind of excellent movies. I feel this movie really stands out from other films of Fassbinder. Not only that its style is different, but its power, its intensity, and its haunting quality also make this movie transcend all. I think if I have another chance to hear that song again, I might not be able to control my tears any more.


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