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Not Rated | | Drama, History | 16 June 1977 (USA)
In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town.... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanna Schygulla ... Effi Briest
Wolfgang Schenck ... Instetten
Ulli Lommel ... Major Crampas
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Frau Briest
Herbert Steinmetz Herbert Steinmetz ... Herr Briest
Ursula Strätz Ursula Strätz ... Roswitha
Irm Hermann ... Johanna
Karlheinz Böhm ... Wüllersdorf (as Karl-Heinz Böhm)
Karl Scheydt Karl Scheydt ... Kruse
Barbara Lass ... Polnische Köchin
Rudolf Lenz Rudolf Lenz ... Geheimrat Rummschüttel
Andrea Schober ... Annie von Instetten
Eva Mattes ... Hulda
Theo Tecklenburg Theo Tecklenburg ... Pastor Niemeyer
An Dorthe Braker An Dorthe Braker ... Frau Pasche (as Anndorthe Braker)
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In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town. She soon bears a daughter, Annie, and hires the lapsed Catholic Roswitha to look after her. Effi is lonely when her husband is away on business, so she spends time riding and walking along the shore with Major Crampas. Instetten is promoted to Ministerial Councillor and the family moves to Berlin, where Effi enjoys the social life. Six years later, the Baron is given letters from Crampas to Effi that convince him that they had an affair. He feels obliged to challenge Crampas to a duel and banish Effi from the house. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama | History

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Effi Briest See more »

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Budget:

DEM 750,000 (estimated)
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Tango Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ulli Lommel 's, who played Major Campas, voice was dubbed by Wolfgang Hess. Lommel was in Italy during post-production and wasn't able to participate. See more »

Quotes

Effi Briest: One's associations are connected not only with one's personal experiences, but also with what one has heard or happens to know.
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Fassbinder!
27 August 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town.

Similarities between "Effi Briest" and 20th-century Germany were easily found, helping to explain the popularity of the book and its subsequent film adaptions there. During the 1970s, West Germany was being racked by civil unrest as people sought to effect change, among these movements was the women's civil rights movement, which became a major influence for the film, as it compared the repressive nature in society between 19th century Prussia and 1970s West Germany.

Fassbinder is one of the giants of new German cinema (by "new" I mean post-WWII), and here he demonstrates his prowess. Epic in length, using black and white to its fullest extent... this is one of those films that made him great, even if it may not be the most-remembered of Fassbinder films.


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