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Marianne & Juliane (1981)

Die bleierne Zeit (original title)
Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jutta Lampe Jutta Lampe ... Juliane
Barbara Sukowa ... Marianne
Rüdiger Vogler ... Wolfgang
Doris Schade Doris Schade ... The mother
Vérénice Rudolph Vérénice Rudolph ... Sabine
Luc Bondy ... Werner
Franz Rudnick Franz Rudnick ... The father
Julia Biedermann
Ina Robinski Ina Robinski
Patrick Estrada-Pox Patrick Estrada-Pox
Samir Jawad Samir Jawad
Barbara Paepcke Barbara Paepcke
Rebecca Paepcke Rebecca Paepcke
Margit Czenki Margit Czenki
Carola Hembus Carola Hembus
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Germany, 1968: The priest's daughters Marianna and Juliane both fight for changes in society, like making abortion legal. However their means are totally different: while Juliane's committed as a reporter, her sister joins a terroristic organization. After she's caught by the police and put into isolation jail, Juliane remains as her last connection to the rest of the world. Although she doesn't accept her sister's arguments and her boyfriend Wolfgang doesn't want her to, Juliane keeps on helping her sister. She begins to question the way her sister is treated. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the true lives of Christiane and Gudrun Ensslin. See more »

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Features Night and Fog (1956) See more »

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Terror in Germany
21 November 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.

The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the true lives of Christiane and Gudrun Ensslin. Gudrun, a member of the Red Army Faction, was found dead in her prison cell in Stammheim in 1977. Although this story is not well-known outside of Germany, it does illustrate the tensions of Germany during the Cold War.

This film marked the first time that Margarethe von Trotta worked with Barbara Sukowa. They would go on to work on six more films together. One could fairly argue that von Trotta launched Sukowa's career, leading her to work with such noted directors as von Trier, Cimino, Cronenberg and others.

"Marianne and Juliane" was well received and became a platform for Von Trotta as a director of the new German cinema. Though she was not as highly recognized as her male counterparts, the study of the more human side of contemporary political issues (like terrorism in this case) became her focus. Anyone who is interested in German films of the 70s-90s would do well to seek her out, as her work overlapped nicely with her contemporaries.


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November 1981 (USA) See more »

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