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The Stationmaster's Wife

Released Jul 31, 1977 1h 51m Drama List
40% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 79% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
A woman (Elisabeth Trissenaar) destroys her civil-servant husband (Kurt Raab) by adultery during Hitler's rise in Germany. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Lawrence O'Toole Entertainment Weekly And, despite the fluidity of the filmmaking, The Stationmaster's Wife is an awful lot of misery in just one sitting. Rated: C+ Apr 27, 2018 Full Review Michael Blowen Boston Globe "The Stationmaster's Wife" lacks the visual vitality, originality and dramatic force of his other films. Apr 27, 2018 Full Review Fernando F. Croce Slant Magazine The film is often compared to Madame Bovary, but the overall effect is closer to that of Von Sternberg's The Devil is a Woman. Rated: 4/4 Oct 4, 2005 Full Review Michael Bronski Gay Community News (Boston) The Stationinasier’s Wife is too cold to be moving or even very interesting after a point. Sep 10, 2022 Full Review Tim Sheridan Paste Magazine Fassbinder crafts a fascinating examination of passion and pettiness, with Elisabeth Trissenaar's powerhouse performance at its potent core. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Follows along the Sirkian themes of dissecting the petit bourgeois. Rated: B+ Dec 18, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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william k Congenial adaptation of the Oskar Maria Graf novel meticulously dissects petty bourgeois society and ideology at a time just before the Nazi takeover of the country; an intense melodrama with excellent cast from Fassbinder's actors troupe. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The 111min film version I saw on dvd is the shorter theatrical version of a 201min tv mini-series which would've probably been even more excruciating to sit through. Having now seen 18 of his nearly 40 films, I have to say that this boorish Bovary-esque tale is easily my least favorite film from one of my favorite directors. If you're just being introduced to his works, I'd recommend that you start with something like Ali: Fear Eats the Soul instead. Fassbinder has made a number of films which are definitely worth seeing if you're interested in foreign films, but I'd say that this one is for die-hard Fassbinder fans working their way through his filmography. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Dolor absoluto, de principio a fin. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member This is about how your wife lies to you. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member RWFassbinders erotic drama of a cuckolded stationmaster & his insatiable wife. Sexy & quite sad. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A woman (Elisabeth Trissenaar) destroys her civil-servant husband (Kurt Raab) by adultery during Hitler's rise in Germany.
Director
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Producer
Willi Segler, Herbert Knopp
Screenwriter
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Oskar Maria Graf
Production Co
Bavaria Atelier GmbH
Genre
Drama
Original Language
German
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 31, 1977, Original
Runtime
1h 51m