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Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Sukowa ... Rosa Luxemburg
Daniel Olbrychski ... Leo Jogiches
Otto Sander ... Karl Liebknecht
Adelheid Arndt Adelheid Arndt ... Luise Kautsky
Jürgen Holtz Jürgen Holtz ... Karl Kautsky
Doris Schade Doris Schade ... Clara Zetkin
Hannes Jaenicke ... Kostja Zetkin
Jan Biczycki Jan Biczycki ... August Bebel (as Jan-Paul Biczycki)
Karin Baal ... Mathilde Jacob
Winfried Glatzeder ... Paul Levi
Regina Lemnitz Regina Lemnitz ... Gertrud
Barbara Lass ... Rosas Mutter
Dagna Drozdek Dagna Drozdek ... Rosa - 6 Jahre
Henryk Baranowski ... Josef - Rosas Bruder
Patrizia Lazreg Patrizia Lazreg ... Josefs Tochter
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Storyline

Wronke Prison, 1916. Social democrat Rosa Luxemburg faces a mock execution. Twenty years earlier, Rosa's political gifts are acknowledged by everyone, as she struggles for democratic government in Germany and revolution in Poland. There she works closely with Leo Jogiches. Their political activity creates some difficulty for their personal relationship - As international tensions rise, Rosa makes speeches denouncing war and militarism. She seems too radical for her fellow Socialists. She meets Karl Liebknecht. When World War I begins, Rosa and Karl are united in opposition. Written by David Carless

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The film is dedicated to "Monika" - the costume designer, Monika Hasse, who died on 3 April 1985, while working on it. See more »

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The historical Rosa Luxemburg was short (about five feet, 150 cm), had dark brown eyes and a pudgy face. In this film, she is played by Barbara Sukowa who is much taller (5 foot 5, 165 cm), has gray-green eyes and sharp features. See more »

Quotes

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Rosa Luxemburg: Sonja, you are bitter about my long enprisonment and ask: "How is it that some people may decide the fate of others?". My dear, all history is based on people deciding the fate of others and that is deeply rooted in the conditions of our material existence. The only way to change this is by painful upheaval. You ask: "What is it all for?" "What for" conveys nothing about the totality of life and its many forms. Why do blue tits exist? I really have no idea but I'm glad they do ...
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The answer, why communism didn't spread in europe
24 July 2000 | by amikus2000See all my reviews

B. Sukowa and D. Olbrychski (The Drum) play the famous german revolutionaries, that wanted to shape another germany after the Kaiser's empire and the German Republic of Weimar. Many resistances have been shaped out clearly by directrice Lady von Trotta. So she is in great tradition of West-german-historical-movie like W. Petersen. Her stars are very capable: Daniel Olbrychski and Hannes Jaenicke. Intellectual, fevering and never boring.


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Language:

German | Polish | French

Release Date:

10 April 1986 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosa L. See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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