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January 16, 2017
Young Effi Briest marries an older man and moves to a small town. It's not a particular happy marriage, and she forms a close friendship with an associate of her husband Major Crampus. Years later, after moving to Berlin, letters surface that lead her husband to believe that there was an illicit affair between them. A fairly deliberately confounding film, even for Fassbinder. It's told in a fairly oblique style with several key scenes happening off screen, and is interspersed with narration, on screen captions and a lot of novelistic devices. It's a long film that consists mainly of sets of characters talking in carefully arranged, static shots. Most of these conversations don't really drive the plot. That may sound like I disliked the film, but I was really quite taken with it.
Super Reviewer
May 22, 2016
Gave up half way through, definitely not one of Fassbinder's best works.
Super Reviewer
September 29, 2015
Fassbinder directs this period piece with an impressive technical sophistication, something evident in the exquisite mise-en-scŔne 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.
September 29, 2014
Beautifully shot, but it never seems to quite work as well as it should.
July 26, 2014
Une pure merveille de Fassbinder filme de main de maitre et avec une direction photo impressionnante -des noirs, blancs et gris comme ├ža je ne connaissait que Le Ruban Blanc. Voici un classique dont l'univers impitoyable se marie bien avec celui du realisateur.
June 30, 2013
slow burning even for Fassbinder
½ April 28, 2013
Visually beautiful - lots of great mirror images. Actors, especially Schygulla are great. But honestly, the pace and "literary" style requires a lot of effort from the watcher.
Super Reviewer
January 9, 2012
My readers know that I am not usually a fan of period pieces but this one works well.
June 5, 2011
hikaye asl─▒nda evli bir ├žiftin hikayesini anlatmaktan ├žok, d├Âneme ait politik ve toplumsal sisteme laflar haz─▒rlamak i├žin bu kitab─▒ yazm─▒┼? fontane. as─▒l olay ise kad─▒n kimli─?inin ├ 1/4zerine gidip, asl─▒nda kar─▒lar─▒m─▒z k─▒zlar─▒m─▒z da insan ya, deme ├žabas─▒ndad─▒r. ki┼?i kurgular─▒nda da a┼?k-─▒ memnu'dakine benzer bir trafik vard─▒r. herkes asl─▒nda bir biriyle bir t├ 1/4rl├ 1/4 ileti┼?imde olup bu sadece gizli sakl─▒ devam edegelir. ve olaylar geli┼?ir.
March 17, 2011
It's a beautiful, sensual and absorbing piece of work and some gorgeously rich black-and-white cinematography.
September 24, 2010
original title:
Fontane - Effi Briest oder: Viele, die eine Ahnung haben von ihren M÷glichkeiten und BedŘrfnissen und dennoch das herrschende System in ihrem Kopf akzeptieren durch ihre Taten und es somit festigen und durchaus bestńtigen
October 10, 2009
Slow and intense; a series of beautiful framed images. The way in which the film uses the text of the original novel to describe those images distinguishes it from most other adaptations.
August 25, 2009
A literary adaptation unlike any other. Fassbinders wonderful film is fully self aware of it's source text and a films ability to only physically show so much but say all. Action and plot progression is glazed over with voice over or titles cards with words I can only assume are taken directly from the novel. The focus here is not on plot but character development, how the title character goes from an innocent, carefree child to a fallen woman.

Fassbinder's camera probes Effi's development by extensively framing her using carefully selected objects amongst the impeccably realised period set design. Shrouded by net curtains or extensively reflected in mirrors, (about a third of the shots we see of Effi are through the reflection of a mirror) the black and white photography is full of subtle yet rich subtext.

This film is so visually dense, a book could be writen about the cinematography alone.

Another Fassbinder masterpiece.
½ July 20, 2009
Das M├Ądchen hat eine wundersch├Âne Stimme.
March 12, 2009
The is a beautifully filmed movie but the praise ends there. Why this thing is two and a half hours long, I do not know. It destroys the viewers ability to watch it. You could summarize the story in a short paragraph.
½ January 23, 2009
Some amazing shots (mirrors, mostly, but also that spiral staircase) in rich B&W.
August 2, 2008
The direction is just amazing. Bonkers. Wow.
July 2, 2008
One of the best, most sensitive attempts to create a movie from a great novel.
May 23, 2008
Solo puedo culpar al pobre subititulaje, que no permite disfrutar integramente de los dialogos. El enfoque de esta narracion historico costumbrista es bastante criptico y deja bastante que pensar, pese a la simpleza del argumento. La exquisitez de la puesta en escena sobrecoge a la vista, gracias a unos encuandres alucinantes que juegan con los espejos y los marcos de las puertas para provocar alienacion y encierro. La camara, en riguroso blanco y negro, se mueve de tal manera que cuenta la historia por si sola. Sobresaliente uso de la elipse. Sobran palabras, otra perfecta entrega de Fassbinder. Un deber.
April 6, 2008
"Anna Karenina" done right. The restrained intensity is incredible. A must see.
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