Movie: Rosenstrasse

comment
Rosenstrasse
Length: 2 hors, 16 minutes
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Website: http://www.rosenstrasse-derfilm.de/
Release Date: 2004-12-10
Cast: Doris Schade, Sigurd Lohde, Svea Lohde, Thekla Reuten, Nina Kunzendorf
Director: Margarethe Von Trotta
Screenwriter: Margarethe Von Trotta, Pamela Katz
Music Score: Loek Dikker
WorkNameSort: Rosenstrasse
Our Rating: 3.00

An exploration of mixed marriages in Nazi Germany would be compelling on its own, and there's even more potential for pathos in this little-told story of a group of gentile women who stood up to armed Nazis holding their Jewish husbands captive in a makeshift prison. Yet screenwriter/director Margarethe von Trotta relies on a flashback-laden structure that detracts from the film's power. In the present day, a (fictional) American woman named Hannah yearns to learn her mother's secret wartime history; the answers lie in Berlin, locked inside the memories of another woman, Lena, who was involved in the street protest that gives the movie its name. As the latter character, actress Katja Reimann perfectly embodies the so-called Rosenstrasse women: tough, resolute, willing to do anything to bring her husband home. But the movie's disjointed flow makes it hard to watch the story unfold. The present-day scenes disrupt the suspense and emotions that are built up by the sequences set in 1943. If von Trotta had let the historical material carry Rosenstrasse, it might have been a masterpiece.

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.