Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O)


Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O)

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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, Rovi

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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.

    Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Ehrlich

    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.

    Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Sep 28, 2007

    Phil Hardy

    Time Out
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  • It's a dazzling testament to the civilizing effects of several different arts, witty, joyous and so beautiful.

    May 10, 2005
  • Éric Rohmer... shows us how to create, with talent and sensibility, knowledge and grace, a small masterpiece. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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