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November 5, 2004

German Filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta to Visit MHC

Margarethe von Trotta, one of Germany’s most prominent filmmakers, will visit Mount Holyoke Tuesday, November 9. She will introduce her latest film, Rosenstrasse, in Gamble Auditorium at 7 pm. The film will be shown without subtitles; a plot summary will be distributed before the showing. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Born in Berlin in 1942, von Trotta moved to Paris in the 1960s and began her career working with film collectives. She has directed many films, including The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975, codirected with her then husband, Volker Schlöndorff); The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978); and Marianne and Juliane (1981). In addition to her work as a scriptwriter and director, von Trotta has starred in films directed by Fassbinder and other notable German filmmakers.

Gary Schmidt, visiting assistant professor in the German studies program, who organized the visit, said, “Margarethe von Trotta’s films offer Americans a unique insight into the German experience in the twentieth century, exploring the connection between politics and personal relationships from an unapologetically feminist perspective.”

Robin Blaetz, associate professor of film studies, agreed: “Von Trotta’s importance cannot be overestimated. Not only is she a woman who has been able to work in fairly mainstream narrative cinema but she has been able to incorporate the lessons of feminist film theory into her complex, challenging, and highly enjoyable films.”

 

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