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