Martha (1974)

Martha is a wealthy and totally self-involved woman. She marries a stranger who claims not to be at all attracted to her, and their wedding is only the beginning of a battle to determine who will get the upper hand. Martha holds her own… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 28, 1974
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Holden
New York Times

You don't have to agree with its premise -- that middle-class marriage equals sadomasochism -- to respond to the bravura comic glee with which the director lays it out.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Acerbic black satire of a bourgeois marriage.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Easily the most twisted film of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's career, Martha (a favorite of his frequent cinematographer Michael Ballhaus) catalogs the tyrannical hold a bourgeois husband has over his wife.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A horrific black comedy -- a devastating view of bourgeois marriage rendered in a delirious baroque style.

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Christopher Null

Fassbinder offers up an extremely bleak work here, even for him, but ultimately the film works mainly as the diatribe against marriage that it is.

Fernando F. Croce

An array of domestic terrors

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The ornate sets and colorful camerawork only belie the disturbed nature of this truly sick film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Wicked! Fassbinder is one of the few directors that can create high comedy instead of melodrama out of a borgeois, sado-masochistic relationship.