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Requiem for a Romantic Woman (Requiem fuer eine romantische Frau)

Requiem for a Romantic Woman

In summer 1807, Clemens Brentano stumbles into the most extreme love affair of his life. The woman, who, aged barely 17-years-old, throws herself at him with such terrifying brutality, is called Auguste Bussmann. The scandalous adventure is followed by the poet's second marriage, the marriage by a fight to the finish. Auguste is determined to realise in her daily life what the Romantics describe in their texts. She will not accept that there is a dark abysss between love and literature, art and life, utopia and bourgeois everyday life. Is she, in the final analysis, the only real Romantic in the male-dominated artists' circles?

Dagmar Knoepfel was born in Heilbronn in 1956 and studied History of Art, Archaeology and Sociology in Munich. After graduating with a Master's degree, she studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF) in Munich. She made a total of six shorts there, most of them being literary adaptations, and she then worked as an assistant director, film editor, and author for Bavarian Television. After study visits to India and Italy, she received an artist's grant for Venice in 1991 and made her first feature film Brigitta in 1994, followed by Requiem for a Romantic Woman (Requiem für eine romantische Frau) in 1998 and Through This Night (Durch diese Nacht sehe ich keinen einzigen Stern, 2005).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Dagmar Knoepfel
Screenplay Dagmar Knoepfel
Edith Eisenstecken
Joschi Schumann
Silke Buhr
Cast Sylvester Groth, Janina Sachau, Jeanette Hain, Felix von Manteuffel, Anian Zollner, Jan-Gregor Kremp, Edgar Felge
Producer Dagmar Knoepfel
Production Company Dagmar Knoepfel Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with HR/Frankfurt, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, ARTE, Das Werk/Munich
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Hessische Filmfoerderung, Filmbuero NW
German Distributor TiMe/Cologne

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