Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest) (1977)
Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest) Photos
as Effi Briest
as Maj. Crampas
as Baron Geert Von Instetten
as Frau Briest
as Mrs. Pasche
as Polish Cook
as Herr Briest
as Singer Marietta Tripelli
Critic Reviews for Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest)
Filmed in black and white, with extraordinary delicacy and reserve, this is one of Fassbinder's best films.
It's visually beguiling -- its cameramen having found shades of gray between black and white I'm not sure I've seen before -- and it is performed by the Fassbinder stock company with the precision and style one seldom finds outside the legitimate theater.
The slow, deliberate pace is sometimes taxing, but this story of a 16-year-old girl locked in the boredom of a loveless marriage is perfectly suited to Fassbinder's stifling mise-en-scene.
Compelling viewing for the delicate way it unfolds and leaves a tingling feeling there's a lot more going on than it seems.
Audience Reviews for Effi Briest (Fontane Effi Briest)
Gave up half way through, definitely not one of Fassbinder's best works.
Fassbinder directs this period piece with an impressive technical sophistication, something evident in the exquisite mise-en-scène and cinematography. And he finds in Fontane's criticism of society a perfect material to be adapted by him, although the result is a bit too long.
My readers know that I am not usually a fan of period pieces but this one works well.
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