Effi Briest (1974 film)

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Effi Briest
Effi briest movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Theodor Fontane
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Cinematography Dietrich Lohmann (1972); Jürgen Jürges (1973)
Edited by Thea Eymèsz
Release dates 5 July 1974 (Germany)
16 June 1977 (US)
Running time 140 min. (Germany)
135 min. (US)
Country West Germany
Language German

Effi Briest (also known as Fontane Effi Briest) is a 1974 film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, adapted from German author Theodor Fontane's 1894 novel of the same name.

The film's full title, not used by distributors, is Fontane Effi Briest oder Viele, die eine Ahnung haben von ihren Möglichkeiten und Bedürfnissen und dennoch das herrschende System in ihrem Kopf akzeptieren durch ihre Taten und es somit festigen und durchaus bestätigen.[1] (Translation: Fontane Effi Briest or Many who have a notion of their potential and needs, and who nevertheless in their heads accept the ruling system and thereby consolidate and downright confirm it.)

The film won the 1974 Interfilm Award at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Bear.[2] It was named one of the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made by The New York Times.[3]

The black-and-white film uses Fontanes's words in dialogue, narration, and the text of letters.[4]

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  1. ^ Details at IMDB.com (German)
  2. ^ Awards for Fontane - Effi Briest at IMDB.com
  3. ^ The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
  4. ^ Canby, Vincent (June 17, 1977). "Effi Briest". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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