Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita) (2000)
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Noted German director Volker Schlondorff helms this riveting exploration of 1970s West German political terrorism. The film opens with Rita (Bibiana Beglau) reminiscing to her unseen friend Tatjana of her life as a radical. Cut to a flashback of her along with her like-minded colleagues robbing a bank. Later while traveling from Beirut to East Berlin, she is carted away for questioning. When the interrogators learn of Rita's vocation, Stasi officer Erwin (Martin Wuttke) releases her and tells
Sep 14, 2000 Wide
Oct 9, 2001
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The film could have been an insightful examination of the East/West divide that kept Germany apart for almost half a century. Instead, the film's early potential slows to a halt, and the predictable machine of melodrama takes over..."
Excellent performances by lead actors Beglau and Martin Wuttke...as well as an unforgettable performance by Nadja Uhl...humanize the unfamiliar internal politics of Germany.
But there's the problem with character's past...that Baglau portrays Rita as a sweet young thing is just disconcerting.
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