Martha (1974)

Martha (1974)




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Martha is a wealthy and totally self-involved woman. She marries a stranger who claims not to be at all attracted to her, and their wedding is only the beginning of a battle to determine who will get the upper hand. Martha holds her own until a tragic accident paralyzes her.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Margit Carstensen
as Martha Salomon
Karlheinz Böhm
as Helmut Salomon
Barbara Valentin
as Marianne
Gisela Fackeldey
as Mother Heyer
Adrian Hoven
as Father Heyer
Günter Lamprecht
as Dr. Herbert Salomon
El Hedi ben Salem
as Hotel guest
Kurt Raab
as Secretary - German embassy
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Critic Reviews for Martha

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

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
New York Times
Top Critic

A horrific black comedy -- a devastating view of bourgeois marriage rendered in a delirious baroque style.

Full Review… | September 3, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An array of domestic terrors

Full Review… | March 13, 2010

Acerbic black satire of a bourgeois marriage.

Full Review… | May 23, 2006
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

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

Full Review… | June 14, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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