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The Legend of Rita (2000)

Die Stille nach dem Schuß (original title)
Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bibiana Beglau ... Rita Vogt
Martin Wuttke ... Erwin Hull
Nadja Uhl ... Tatjana
Harald Schrott ... Andreas 'Andi' Klein
Alexander Beyer ... Jochen Pettka
Jenny Schily ... Friederike Adebach
Mario Irrek Mario Irrek ... Joachim Klatte
Franca Kastein Franca Kastein ... Anna
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Gerngross
Dietrich Körner Dietrich Körner ... General
Rudolf Donath Rudolf Donath ... Tatjanas Vater (as Rudolph Donath)
Monika Pietsch Monika Pietsch ... Tatjanas Mutter
Matthias Wien Matthias Wien ... Doktor Gruber (as Matti Wien)
Petra Ehlert Petra Ehlert ... Beate
Hannelore Schubert Hannelore Schubert ... Christa
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Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, which unavoidably happens after the German re-unification. Written by Marcelo R. <marcelo_fpr@hotmail.com>

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Germany

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Release Date:

14 September 2000 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,318, 28 January 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$671,565, 25 March 2001
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1.85 : 1
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Rita is working in a railway vehicle factory as part of her second legend, supposedly in 1989. But in one scene, when Rita is walking across the factory yard, one can clearly see car bodies of class 481 EMUs and H-Type metro vehicles, not in production until the late 1990s. See more »

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The Internationale
8 July 2011 | by valis1949See all my reviews

THE LEGEND OF RITA by director Volker Schlöndorff offers an intriguing look at East Germany's role in the international revolutionary political movements of the 1970's. The film has an authentic feel in that it is not chock-full of clichéd characters that seem to populate these types of films. Rita is a member of a radical underground group that evolved from the American Civil Rights/Black Power/Anti-Vietnam movements of the 1960's. Although initially begun on the college campus of Berkeley California, within a decade these political and cultural movements morphed into lawless gangs which spread worldwide by the early 1970's. Their belief was that the system of Capitalism was systemically flawed, and therefore the criminal and judicial system was null and void. Schlondorff highlights the idealistic tendencies of the group members, and even seems to romanticize the organizations which supported them. Rita and her cohorts are nearly idealistic to a fault, and harbor an unusual or misplaced admiration for The Peoples' State. It's almost a running gag in the film that no one who lives in East Germany can believe that anyone would chose to live there. Although for a variety of reasons Socialism clearly was usurped by Capitalism by the early 90's, Volker Schlondorff has crafted a film that is a kind of a thoughtful advocacy for the positive aspects of a more collective political system. THE LEGEND OF RITA is a terrific film of the Thriller Genre, yet perceptively makes political points without becoming a polemic.


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