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Martha

Martha (1974)

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Martha is a wealthy and totally self-involved woman -- so much so that on a trip during which her father dies, she does indeed cry, but only because she lost her purse. She marries a stranger who claims not to be at all attracted to her, and their wedding is only the beginning of a battle between them to determine who will get the upper hand over the other. Martha holds her own in this genuinely sado-masochistic relationship, until a tragic accident paralyzes her. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Mar 30, 2004

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You don't have to agree with its premise -- that middle-class marriage equals sadomasochism -- to respond to the bravura comic glee with which the director lays it out.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A horrific black comedy -- a devastating view of bourgeois marriage rendered in a delirious baroque style.

September 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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An array of domestic terrors

March 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Acerbic black satire of a bourgeois marriage.

May 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fassbinder offers up an extremely bleak work here, even for him, but ultimately the film works mainly as the diatribe against marriage that it is.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The ornate sets and colorful camerawork only belie the disturbed nature of this truly sick film.

June 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Easily the most twisted film of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's career, Martha (a favorite of his frequent cinematographer Michael Ballhaus) catalogs the tyrannical hold a bourgeois husband has over his wife.

September 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Martha

Wicked! Fassbinder is one of the few directors that can create high comedy instead of melodrama out of a borgeois, sado-masochistic relationship.
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