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Effi Briest Blu-ray
Drama / Historical



Effi Briest

Rainer Werner Fassbinder had been wanting to adapt Theodor Fontane’s classic German novel Effi Briest ever since he first picked up a film camera. Originally intended to be his feature debut, the project took years to get off the ground and finally surfaced in 1974, in the process becoming his most expensive production to date as well as one of his most ambitious.

Dubbed ‘the German Madame Bovary’, Effi Briest tells of a seventeen-year-old girl (played by Hanna Schygulla) who is married off by her parents to a wealthy Baron (Wolfgang Schenk) more than twice her age. Lonely and dissatisfied, she seeks solace in the companionship of her husband’s friend, Major Crampas (Ulli Lommel).

Beautifully recreating late nineteenth century Germany and gorgeously shot in black and white, Effi Briest also serves to showcase Schygulla, here giving her first star performance for Fassbinder.

Production Year: 1974
Region Code: B
UK Rating: PG
Running Time: 140
Number of Discs: 1
Language: German
Subtitles: English
Audio: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: B&W
TITLE NAME
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cast Hanna Schygulla
Cast Wolfgang Schenck
Cast Ulli Lommel

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restoration of the films from original camera negatives
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Ken Moulden
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Ulli Lommel
  • Newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges
  • Theatrical trailer

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