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The costume drama Die Marquise von O is French director Eric Rohmer's first feature-length theatrical release after a four-year break from filmmaking. Based on a novella by Henrich von Kleist, the dialogue is spoken in the original German language and the story is set in Italy during the 18th century. Edith Clever plays the widowed Marquise, who is sexually assaulted by Russian soldiers and rescued by a Count (Bruno Ganz). Some time later, she has to explain to her parents (Peter Lühr and Edda Seippel) and brother (Otto Sander) why she's pregnant. Die Marquise von O won the Grand Jury Prize in the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. At least one of the home video releases and several capsule reviews erroneously state the film (and its parent novella) as unfolding during the Franco-Prussian wars, but both are actually set during the Napoleonic Wars, hence the presence of Russian troops. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Eric Rohmer, Heinrich von Kleist
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On DVD: Sep 5, 2000
New Line Cinema


Edith Clever
as La Marquise
Bruno Ganz
as Le Conte
Otto Sander
as Brother
Ruth Drexel
as Midwife
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This minor Rohmer may not have much to offer beyond the clarity of its perspective (and the soft beauty of Nestor Almendros's delicate cinematography), but its message will only grow more urgent in time.

Full Review… | August 27, 2015
Time Out
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Marquise is almost ironically uninflected, like a tense game of chess. But soon the no-nonsense two-shots and scarlet-satin self-consciousness let the story build to genuine fireworks.

Full Review… | August 25, 2015
Village Voice
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The film's slow, stately pace and the quiet way in which it makes its points give it the aura of a neoclassical dream, a fading vision of the virtue of gentility.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
Chicago Reader
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[Rohmer] opting, in his colour scheme, sets and camerawork, for a style that hovers between formalism and realism, and so further distances the viewer from the characters.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Time Out
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It's a dazzling testament to the civilizing effects of several different arts, witty, joyous and so beautiful.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
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The first of Rohmer's profoundly strange excursions into the past

Full Review… | January 14, 2010

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