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The Legend of Rita
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff • 2000 • Germany
Starring Bibiana Beglau, Nadja Uhl, Martin Wuttke
Volker Schlöndorff delves into the fractured political climate of 1970s East and West Germany in this remarkably nuanced historical drama. Rita Vogt (Bibiana Beglau) is a fugitive West German political terrorist whose hatred of capitalism and fervent belief in communism leads her to settle in East Germany under a new name—until reunification threatens to expose her true identity. Inspired by the story of real-life radical Inge Viett, THE LEGEND OF RITA is a potent study of the human cost of Germany’s division from one of the country’s most astute political filmmakers.