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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Bremer Freiheit (Bremen Freedom)

Edition 1982
87' - 1972 - Drama - Dialogue: German
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Composer: archive With: Margit Carstensen, Wolfgang Schenck, Wolfgang Kieling

The subject of this film is a true case that happened in the city of Bremen: The story of citizen Geesche Gottfried (Margit Carstensen), widowed Miltenberger, who killed 15 people, among them her mother, her father, her children, two husbands and other persons from her immediate environs, while her fellow-citizens had considered her a respectable, god-fearing woman. In the end, she was unmasked and beheaded in 1831 – the last public execution in Bremen. Bremen Freedom is not a thriller. It is not the intention of the piece to gradually unmask the culprit. Like in a ballad, the killings are arranged in a kaleidoscope. The murderer’s motive is of interest in this play, but not how she is convicted. Geesche Gottfried murders because she wants to be free and because she does not want to be one of the men’s “pets”. “This was not a life, Michael, what mother lived there. In that case, death is a blessing for someone,” says Geesche Gottfried after murdering her own mother.

A very stylized TV version of the Fassbinder play. The set consists of a few pieces of furniture in front of a large screen on which coastal scenery is back projected. Geesche is a nineteenth century woman who wants to have a mind of her own. She defies convention and will do anything to achieve her freedom from oppression by her family and friends. — Will Gilbert

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder




Margit Carstensen, Wolfgang Schenck, Wolfgang Kieling


Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Dietrich Lohmann, Hans Schagg


Friedrich Niquet, Monika Solzbacher


Karlhans Reuss

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