Martha (1974)

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
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Karlheinz Böhm
as Helmut Salomon
Adrian Hoven
as Friend
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Critic Reviews for Martha

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
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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

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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