Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
Original title: Der Fangschuss
France/West Germany, 1976. Argos Films, Bioskop Film, Hessischer Rundfunk. Screenplay by Genevieve Dormann, Margarethe von Trotta, Jutta Bruckner, based on the novel by Marguerite Yourcenar. Cinematography by Igor Luther. Produced by Eberhard Junkersdorf, Hans Prescher, Volker Schlondorff. Music by Stanley Myers. Production Design by Hans Jurgen Kiebach. Costume Design by Ingrid Zore. Film Editing by Jane Seitz.
Interesting but not quite invigorating drama by Volker Schlondorff, this one’s greatest asset is a terrific performance by Margarethe von Trotta. Based on the novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, it features von Trotta as an aristocrat in revolutionary Russia who has a burning passion for a staid, inexpressive Prussian soldier (Matthias Habich). His rejection of her is not taken very well, and she becomes obsessed with him to the point where the world events surrounding her become completely unimportant. Its photography is beautiful, but the drama plays out dryly until the twist at the end that, these days, isn’t all that shocking. Schlondorff creates a strong sense of atmosphere and von Trotta really is mesmerizing.