Rainer Werner Fassbinder had been wanting to adapt Theodor Fontane s classic German novel Effi Briest ever since he first picked up a film camera. Originally intended to be his feature debut, the project took years to get off the ground and finally surfaced in 1974, in the process becoming his most expensive production to date as well as one of his most ambitious.
Dubbed the German Madame Bovary , Effi Briest tells of a seventeen-year-old girl (played by Hanna Schygulla) who is married off by her parents to a wealthy Baron (Wolfgang Schenk) more than twice her age. Lonely and dissatisfied, she seeks solace in the companionship of her husband s friend, Major Crampas (Ulli Lommel).
Beautifully recreating late nineteenth century Germany and gorgeously shot in black and white, Effi Briestalso serves to showcase Schygulla, here giving her first star performance for Fassbinder. •Brand new 4K restoration of the films from original camera negatives •Brand new 4K restoration of the films from original camera negatives •Original uncompressed PCM mono audio •Optional English subtitles •Audio commentary by Ken Moulden •Newly-filmed interview with actor Ulli Lommel •Newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges •Theatrical trailer