FILMSCREENING FOR WOMEN’S DAY
Director: Magarthe von Trotta, 122 Minutes, 1986
Margarethe von Trotta's remarkable biopic follows the life of revolutionary and women's rights activist Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919).
Polish socialist and Marxist Rosa Luxemburg (Barbara Sukowa) works tirelessly in the service of revolution in early 20th century Poland and Germany. While Luxemburg campaigns for her beliefs, she is repeatedly imprisoned as she forms the Spartacist League offering a new vision for Germany.
Through actress Barbara Sukowa, Rosa Luxemburg’s character comes alive on screen with depth and complexity. The film was initially intended to be directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. When he died in 1982, M. v. Trotta made this topic her own. After researching over 2,500 of Luxemburg’s writings and speeches, she completely rewrote the original script. The film became a big international success and director M. v. Trotta gained their lasting reputation as one the great woman directors of German Cinema after the War. It was Barbara Sukowa’s first film with M. v. Trotta. Her knowledgeable in-depth personification of Rosa Luxemburg became the start of a continued cooperation with Margarethe von Trotta in many films to come.
Margarethe von Trotta
After completing drama school and engagements on the various German theatre stages, Margarethe von Trotta was seen in many roles in New German Film from 1967, including films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Herbert Achternbusch and Volker Schlöndorff, with whom she also wrote and directed several films.
Her first independent work as film director was "The Second Awakening of Christa Klages" (1978). This was followed by controversial films such as “The Bleierne Zeit” (1981), “Rosa Luxemburg” (1986), “The Promise” (1995). Again and again in her films it is about reflecting on the past, individual as well as political and social, and attempting to critically examine it.
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Like many stars born in the post-war period, Barbara Sukowa (*1950 in Bremen), celebrated her breakthrough with director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. As the muse of the filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta, she embodied the RAF terrorist Gudrun Ensslin in Die bleierne Zeit (1981), the German-Polish socialist of the same name in Rosa Luxemburg (1986), the philosophical theorist Hannah Arendt (2012) and in Vision – From The Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009) even a saint. - But the triple mother and wife of multimedia artist Robert Longo had a second career in New York. As a singer in classical concerts as well as with her own rock band and flying visits to cool films like John Turturros Romance & Cigarette (2005), she says she finally learned "the smile" in the USA.
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