Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita)
Die Stille nach dem Schuß (The Legend of Rita) (The Legends of Rita) (2000)

Noted German director Volker Schlondorff helms this riveting exploration of 1970s West German political terrorism. The film opens with Rita (Bibiana Beglau) reminiscing to her unseen friend Tatjana of her life as a radical. Cut to a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 14, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

The film could have been an insightful examination of the East/West divide that kept Germany apart for almost half a century. Instead, the film's early potential slows to a halt, and the predictable machine of melodrama takes over..."

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

"The Legend of Rita" works on many levels - as a character study, a political and historical document and a contrast of East and West.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Excellent performances by lead actors Beglau and Martin Wuttke...as well as an unforgettable performance by Nadja Uhl...humanize the unfamiliar internal politics of Germany.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

But there's the problem with character's past...that Baglau portrays Rita as a sweet young thing is just disconcerting.