Legend Of Rita, The

Kino Video   (2000) / Region 1
Legend Of Rita, The

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Legend Of Rita, The

From Volker Schlondorff, the acclaimed director of The Tin Drum, The Lost Honor Of Katharina Blum, and Circle Of Deceit, comes The Legend Of Rita, a striking political thriller set in the later years of the Cold War. Anchored by a stunning lead performance by newcomer Bibiana Beglau, in the title role, the film recounts the struggles of a young West German woman as she flees from the consequence of her radical past.

Rita starts her journey as a member of a bank-robbing, terrorist group, loosely based on the real Baader-Meinhof gang, who sparred with the West German police throughout the seventies. After a series of complications, these anti-capitalist revolutionaries are f-rced to disband, but Rita decides to take refuge in East Germany under a false identity - the "legend" of the titles. As "Susanne Schmidt," a worker at a fabric dyeing plant, this former socialist activist begins to encounter some of the drab and discontented reality of a Communist state. With remarkable dexterity, The Legend Of Rita deftly captures the conflicts at the heart of a socialist system, even as Rita become personally involved with an alcoholic factory worker (Nadja Uhl) and then a young physics student (Alexander Beyer). As the years pass Rita is f-rced into other identities, the film becomes a vivid portrait of her growing sense of alienation, although her devotion to the distant ideal of socialism never changes.

For Mr. Schlondorff, The Legend Of Rita is a triumph, a "return to the politically urgent, ethically complex and clear-sighted filmmaking that marks his strongest work." (A.O. Scott, - The New York Times). With intense, sure-handed direction, Schlondorff explores the emotional dilemmas posed by commitment to a cause. An engrossing document of one woman's experience up to and including the fall of the Berlin Wall, The Legend Of Rita is a powerful drama of recent history that is not easily forgotten.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Added Aug 14 2001
  • Production Year 2000
  • Empire SKU 38810
  • UPC Code 738329021825
  • Studio  Kino Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


Audio Commentary by Director Volker Schlondorff
U.S. Theatrical Trailer


  • Audio
    German Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color



  • Arthur Hofer
  • Emmo Lempert

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