Rosa Luxemburg (film)

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Rosa Luxemburg
Rosa Luxemburg (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
Produced by Eberhard Junkersdorf
Regina Ziegler
Written by Margarethe von Trotta
Starring Barbara Sukowa
Cinematography Franz Rath
Edited by Dagmar Hirtz
Release dates
  • 10 April 1986 (1986-04-10)
Running time
123 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Rosa Luxemburg (German: Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg) is a 1986 West German drama film directed by Margarethe von Trotta. The film received the 1986 German Film Award for Best Feature Film (Bester Spielfilm), and Barbara Sukowa won the Cannes Film Festival's Best Actress Award and the German Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Rosa Luxemburg.[1][2]


Polish socialist and Marxist Rosa Luxemburg dreams about revolution during the era of German Wilhelminism. While Luxemburg campaigns relentlessly for her beliefs, getting repeatedly imprisoned in Germany as well as in Poland, she spars with lovers and comrades until the ambitious leader is assassinated by Freikorps for her leadership in the Spartacist uprising after World War I in 1919.



Miss von Trotta's film, with a fine, soberly intelligent performance by Barbara Sukowa (the seductive star of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Lola), is a first-rate introduction to an extremely complicated personality. It's necessarily simplified, as well as biased on behalf of those aspects of Luxemburg that will speak most clearly to today's audiences.

— Vincent Canby – The New York Times[3]


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