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Margit Carstensen

Martha is a single, untouched woman in her early thirties. While on vacation in Rome, she meets the love of her life, Helmut. They marry, but the marriage turns into a nightmare. Martha's expectations and Helmut's views and preferences are completely opposed. However, as a "good" wife, she gives in. One day when she finally can't take it anymore, it is too late. She has an accident and is confined to a wheelchair. She is doomed to spending the rest of her life in Helmut's sadistic-loving care.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1973
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cinematography Michael Ballhaus
Liesgret Schmitt-Klink
Manfred Oelschlegel
Cast Margit Carstensen, Karlheinz Boehm
Producers Peter Maerthesheimer, Fred Ilgner
Production Companies WDR, Filmverlag der Autoren/Leipzig
Runtime 116 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version French
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Venice 1994 (out of competition), Toronto 1994 (Special Presentation)
With backing from Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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