The Films of Helma Sanders-Brahms [6 Discs] [DVD]

In the wake of such New German Cinema stalwarts as Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog - all of whom gained iconic stature in U.S. arthouses - another, equally interesting German director staked her claim to greatness during the 1970s and 1980s but went almost completely overlooked in North America. Born in 1940, Helma Sanders-Brahms frequently explored the struggles of women in a chaotic, unfair, and all-too-often patriarchal world. This box set contains six of Sanders-Brahms's critically lauded features. It includes:Earthquake in Chile (1974), a tragedy of forbidden love adapted from the short story by controversial author Heinrich von Kleist; Under the Pavement Lies the Sand (1975), about a politically liberal couple struggling to adjust to the societal complacency of post-1960s Germany; Germany, Pale Mother (1980), the tale of a group of self-sufficient, determined women who live amid rubble during the Second World War and must rebuild their residences in the years that follow; No Mercy, No Future (1981) a dark psychodrama about a mentally disturbed woman; The Future of Emily (1985), an epic chronicle of several generations of women in the same family, starring Brigitte Fossey; and My Heart is Mine Alone (1997), a heart-wrenching historical romance about the relationship between Jewish poet Else Lasker-Schueler and Nazi poet Gottfried Benn.
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