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Legend Of Rita, The (2000)
Starring: Bibiana Beglau, Nadja Uhl, Martin Wuttke
Director: Volker Schlondorff
Category: Avant Garde, Drama, Suspense / Mystery
Studio: Kino Video
101 mins



From Volker Schlondorff, the acclaimed director of The Tin Drum, The Lost Honor Of Katharina Blum, and Circle Of Deceit, comes The Legend Of Rita, a striking political thriller set in the later years of the Cold War.Anchored by a stunning lead performance by newcomer Bibiana Beglau, in the title role, the film recounts the struggles of a young West German woman as she flees from the consequence of her radical past.

Rita starts her journey as a member of a bank-robbing, terrorist group, loosely based on the real Baader-Meinhof gang, who sparred with the West German police throughout the seventies.After a series of complications, these anti-capitalist revolutionaries are forced to disband, but Rita decides to take refuge in East Germany under a false identity - the "legend" of the titles.As "Susanne Schmidt," a worker at a fabric dyeing plant, this former socialist activist begins to encounter some of the drab and discontented reality of a Communist state.With remarkable dexterity, The Legend Of Rita deftly captures the conflicts at the heart of a socialist system, even as Rita become personally involved with an alcoholic factory worker (Nadja Uhl) and then a young physics student (Alexander Beyer).As the years pass Rita is forced into other identities, the film becomes a vivid portrait of her growing sense of alienation, although her devotion to the distant ideal of socialism never changes.

For Mr. Schlondorff, The Legend Of Rita is a triumph, a "return to the politically urgent, ethically complex and clear-sighted filmmaking that marks his strongest work." (A.O. Scott, - The New York Times).With intense, sure-handed direction, Schlondorff explores the emotional dilemmas posed by commitment to a cause.An engrossing document of one woman's experience up to and including the fall of the Berlin Wall, The Legend Of Rita is a powerful drama of recent history that is not easily forgotten.


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