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Germany, Pale Mother
  • Description

    Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.

    Hans and Lene scarcely have time to meet and marry before Hans is sent away to fight, leaving Lene to give birth during an air raid and struggle through the war with a baby daughter. Based on director and writer Helma Sanders-Brahms’ mother’s experience, the film explores the devastating impact of politics on family life.

    Eva Mattes (Lene) gives a brilliant, fearless performance, with the film casting a powerful emotional spell which is intensified by a delicate, plaintive piano score. German critics savaged the film at its premiere, baulking at its ‘subjective’ female take on recent history. Cut by 30 minutes for cinema release, only now has it been restored to its impressive original form and released for the first time on DVD.

    Bonus Features:

    • Germany Pale Mother: original director’s cut (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1980, 145 minutes)
    • Hermann Mein Vater (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1987, 50 mins)
    • Extensive booklet with essays and complete film credits

    Cast and Crew:

    Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms (Laputa, My Heart is Mine Alone, Under The Beach’s Cobbles)

    Cast: Eva Mattes (Enemy at the Gates, Woyzeck, A Man Like Eva) and Ernst Jacobi (The White Ribbon, The Tin Drum)

    Awards and Reviews:

    1980 –Berlin International Film Festival, Golden Berlin Bear - Nominated

    1980 - Créteil International Women's Film Festival, Grand Prix - Won

     

  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    15
    Actor:
    Eva MattesErnst Jacobi
    Director:
    Helma Sanders-Brahms
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    German
    Run Time:
    151 mins approx.
    studio:
    BFI
    TheatricalReleaseYear:
    1980

Germany, Pale Mother

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  • Description

    Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.

    Hans and Lene scarcely have time to meet and marry before Hans is sent away to fight, leaving Lene to give birth during an air raid and struggle through the war with a baby daughter. Based on director and writer Helma Sanders-Brahms’ mother’s experience, the film explores the devastating impact of politics on family life.

    Eva Mattes (Lene) gives a brilliant, fearless performance, with the film casting a powerful emotional spell which is intensified by a delicate, plaintive piano score. German critics savaged the film at its premiere, baulking at its ‘subjective’ female take on recent history. Cut by 30 minutes for cinema release, only now has it been restored to its impressive original form and released for the first time on DVD.

    Bonus Features:

    • Germany Pale Mother: original director’s cut (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1980, 145 minutes)
    • Hermann Mein Vater (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1987, 50 mins)
    • Extensive booklet with essays and complete film credits

    Cast and Crew:

    Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms (Laputa, My Heart is Mine Alone, Under The Beach’s Cobbles)

    Cast: Eva Mattes (Enemy at the Gates, Woyzeck, A Man Like Eva) and Ernst Jacobi (The White Ribbon, The Tin Drum)

    Awards and Reviews:

    1980 –Berlin International Film Festival, Golden Berlin Bear - Nominated

    1980 - Créteil International Women's Film Festival, Grand Prix - Won

     

  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    15
    Actor:
    Eva MattesErnst Jacobi
    Director:
    Helma Sanders-Brahms
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    German
    Run Time:
    151 mins approx.
    studio:
    BFI
    TheatricalReleaseYear:
    1980
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