- THE FIANCÉE
- (DIE VERLOBTE)
- 1980, Günther Reisch and Günther Rücker,
- East Germany, 105 min.
- With Jutta Wachowiak, Regimantas Adomajtis
“As harrowing as it is beautiful, a superbly articulated drama with an absolutely stunning performance from its star, Jutta Wachowiak.”
—Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Anti-fascist subjects, usually centered on heroic communist resistance to Nazism, were by far the largest category in DEFA’s output. This late example, a popular hit in the GDR, reflects changing times by emphasizing personal over political motives. Featuring an extraordinarily intense lead performance by Jutta Wachowiak, it tells of a female resistance fighter who endures ten years in a Nazi prison, drawing strength primarily from her love for the man whom she was planning to marry before her arrest. Winner of the Crystal Globe at the 1980 Karlovy Vary Film Festival; nominated for the Golden Hugo at the 1981 Chicago Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)