Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O)
Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O) (1976)

The costume drama Die Marquise von O is French director Eric Rohmer's first feature-length theatrical release after a four-year break from filmmaking. Based on a novella by Henrich von Kleist, the dialogue is spoken in the original… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1976
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000
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David Ehrlich
Time Out

This minor Rohmer may not have much to offer beyond the clarity of its perspective (and the soft beauty of Nestor Almendros's delicate cinematography), but its message will only grow more urgent in time.

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Phil Hardy
Time Out

[Rohmer] opting, in his colour scheme, sets and camerawork, for a style that hovers between formalism and realism, and so further distances the viewer from the characters.

Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

What is unarguable is Rohmer's mastery of the discreetly erotic.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Marquise is almost ironically uninflected, like a tense game of chess. But soon the no-nonsense two-shots and scarlet-satin self-consciousness let the story build to genuine fireworks.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a dazzling testament to the civilizing effects of several different arts, witty, joyous and so beautiful.

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Fernando F. Croce

The first of Rohmer's profoundly strange excursions into the past

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film's slow, stately pace and the quiet way in which it makes its points give it the aura of a neoclassical dream, a fading vision of the virtue of gentility.

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Ronald Bergan
Radio Times

Without actual imitation, Rohmer and his cinematographer Nestor Almendros were inspired by German Romantic painters and bathe the neo-classical interiors in an unearthly light.

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A fascinating and sympathetic portrait of an abused woman is given life and depth by Rohmer's eloquent direction.

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