Marianne and Juliane

Marianne And Juliane

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Marianne and Juliane is a 1981 West German film directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Its original German title is Die bleierne Zeit, an idiomatic expression which can be translated as "the leaden times" and refers to a complex mixture of feelings that were shared by many people of the 1970s political left; including feelings of melancholy over the fracturing and perceived failure of the 1960s social movements (such as the American Civil Rights Movement and the German student movement) and the general optimism that accompanied those movements, feelings of people's personal freedom being still highly restricted by social conventions, deep-seated hate for the official political system, and the strong urge to change that system as quickly and radically as possible by any means necessary, coupled with the perceived inability to do anything that really does change it. The other side of "the leaden times" was the fear of left-wing terrorism that captivated and somewhat paralyzed the general population.

The film has been released in the UK as The German Sisters. The screenplay is a fictionalized account of the true lives of Christiane and Gudrun Ensslin. Gudrun, a member of The Red Army Faction, was found dead in her prison cell in Stammheim in 1977 (officially, and according to most historians also in fact, she took her own life; however for decades many people in Germany's political left were convinced that she had been killed by agents of the state). In the film,...
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