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The Marquise of O

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Original title
La Marquise d'O (Die Marquise von O...)
Year
Running time
107 min.
Country
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Director
Screenwriter
Éric Rohmer (Novel: Heinrich von Kleist)
Cinematography
Néstor Almendros
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-France; Les Films du Losange / Janus Film / Janus Film / Artemis Film / Hessischer Rundfunk / Gaumont
Genre
Drama | 19th Century
Synopsis / Plot
1799, the General Souvarof invades Italy. The Marquise of O… is a young widow. Her father commands a zone in the thick of battle that is soon overcome by the Russians. The soldiers are about to ravage the Marquise when a Russian lieutenant colonel, Count F…, carries her off to a wing of the castle, and, when she faints, rapes her. The Marquise, unconscious at the time and therefore unaware of his act, thinks of him as her saviour and regrets being unable to express her thanks. Before long, she starts experiencing strange sensations and says to her mother that if another woman were to speak of the same complaints, she would believe she was pregnant…
Awards
1976: BAFTA Awards: Best Costume Design
1976: Cannes: Jury Special Prize (ex aequo with "Cría Cuervos")
1975: 3 German Film Awards: Best Actor, Actress and Production Design
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