FONTANE EFFI BRIEST ODER VIELE, DIE EINE AHNUNG HABEN VON IHREN MÖGLICHKEITEN UND IHREN BEDÜRFNISSEN UND TROTZDEM DAS (1974)

An exquisitely subtle rendition of Fontane’s 1896 novel, about a 17-year-old forced into marriage with an older man.

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  • EFFI BRIEST Alternative
  • FONTANE EFFI BRIEST Alternative

Introduction

The plight of 17-year-old Effi (Hanna Schygulla) – forced into a socially advantageous marriage with a much older man – is touchingly depicted, but what really interests Fassbinder is the novelist’s complex attitude to the society of his day.

This is no melodrama, but a meticulous dissection of a literary masterpiece.

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