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  1. Cara's rating of the film Martha

    Strange, complex, sad; beautiful

  2. uyuyan kadın's rating of the film Martha

  3. SandroAlkohol's rating of the film Martha

    tragik und horror und zugleich. ein meisterwerk

  4. Jugu Abraham's rating of the film Martha

    Fassbinder made films on unusual topics--this one on unhappy marriages based on Cornell Woolrich's story "For the rest of her life" (who wrote the "Rear window" tale of Hitchcock). The film may not be as sophisticated as "Querelle" but is notable for the performances of Ms Carstensen and Mr Boehm. Another highlight of this film is the late cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, whose camerawork is a treat to study.

  5. Maluigi's rating of the film Martha

    The power that little by little encloses and suffocates. A metaphor of what a lot of women have lived through for centuries and of the oppression that we can all feel in society at some point in time.

  6. eberhard's rating of the film Martha

    Die gutbürgerliche Welt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland der frühen 70er Jahre.

  7. I.Camera's rating of the film Martha

    A hard-to-find Fassbinder, Martha applies Sirkian melodrama (and elements from Rainer's own relationships?) to a bourgeois marriage whose misogynistic power games amount to domestic sadism. The despicable Helmut seeks control over his sensitive and put-upon wife, some of his insane dictates crossing into dark comedy (such as memorizing a book on concrete engineering). A perverse and brutal film, even for Fassbinder.

  8. Paul Koloseus's rating of the film Martha

    Reminds me of the literary works by Georges Bataille in the way it links sexuality and death. The morbidity is emphasized by the mise-en-scène, especially the interiors. Great camera work by Michael Ballhaus.

  9. Arthur Romanowski's rating of the film Martha

    An intense and opressing melodrama, horror and opera movie by Rainer Werner Fassbinder based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich, who also wrote "Rear Window". You can watch one of the best camera work by Michael Ballhaus, especially the spinning scene, where Martha and Helmut meets first. Also a great use of opera music by Donizetti vs. Orlando di Lasso. A great Performance by Margit Carstensen.

  10. Dogville59's rating of the film Martha

    Chilling. Fassbinder did a great job of developing the progress of Martha's marriage from what should have been idyllic into a nightmare trap.

  11. Adam GR's rating of the film Martha

    Cronenberg says film is two people on screen talking, I think film is motion. The Fassbinder-choreographed Ballhaus fouetté is a genius moment that truly vibrates the medium at a higher frequency. Breathtaking, and great art direction for it. I support the director's constant dissection of the machinations of monogamy in society, and I love the melodrama of Martha swiveling her waist, but these people are cartoons!

  12. Bo bo min's rating of the film Martha

  13. riraru's rating of the film Martha

    Ehehölle, herrlich altmodisch und skurril. Schreckliche Zeiten.

  14. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film Martha

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  16. Erik F.'s rating of the film Martha

    3.5 stars. (If you thought Karlheinz Böhm was creepy in "Peeping Tom," wait until you see this.)

  17. petit astronaute's rating of the film Martha

  18. Balthaz21's rating of the film Martha

  19. mubianer's rating of the film Martha

    The thing with Fassbinder is that I often find his films dated and way too bleak (Buñuel, Godard and other great directors have more humour than him), but then I find myself thinking about them weeks later. Martha also have amazing cinematography and, like often with Fassbinder, staging.

  20. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film Martha

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  22. EdieMaas's rating of the film Martha

    At best, we're only ever mitigating the toxicity inherent to social relations. At worst we're pretending it doesn't exist... RWF calls out our hidden inner Marthas & Helmuts; makes us face them. (He, above everyone, lived in the reality of his sadomasochistic dualism). Saw this on Dec 6th, which, here in Canada, just highlighted what happens when we gender that dynamic. Powerfully unpleasant. Böhm was smarmy a.f.

  23. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film Martha

  24. Meastro0's rating of the film Martha

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