These students were infuriated that many leaders of the Nazi regime continued to hold positions of power, as well as various restrictive legal reforms and their lack of power in the running of their universities. Perceiving the patriarchal nature of society, they aimed to change their position.
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Similarities between Effi Briest and 20th-century Germany were easily found, helping to explain the popularity of the book and its subsequent film adaptions there. As the double title of the film indicates, the ultimate purpose of the film is to analyze how a social system can restrict the freedom of people. With such an arrangement, the first title was usually the name of the main character, while the second is used to describe the social stigma being critiqued.
Throughout the film, Fassbinder attempts to demonstrate the effects of the restraints of society on the suppression of emotions. Rather, it is because she believed that she died believing that the guilt had been her own responsibility,  and because it demonstrates how social conventions are able to prevent one from loving one another with their entire capacity. This movie was of extreme personal importance to Fassbinder, as he hoped that it would become his directorial debut.
However, it would take three years of both conceptualizing Effi Briest, and raising the funds necessary to produce it before he would actually be able to film it. The film received primarily positive reviews. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Effi Briest Theatrical release poster. This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed.
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Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane. The Criterion Collection Janus Films. DEM , . ITL 38,, . BRD Trilogy. And now tell me, pray, what are you really in favor of? And if tenderness and love are out of the question, because, as papa says, love is after all only fiddle-faddle, which I, however, do not believe, well, then I am in favor of wealth and an aristocratic house, a really aristocratic one, to which Prince Frederick Charles will come for an elk or grouse hunt, or where the old Emperor will call and have a gracious word for every lady, even for the younger ones. And then when we are in Berlin I am for court balls and gala performances at the Opera, with seats always close by the grand central box.
Love comes first, but right after love come splendor and honor, and then comes amusement—yes, amusement, always something new, always something to make me laugh or weep. The thing I cannot endure is ennui. He treats her as an enjoyable and precious object. In a French novel, Innstetten would have taken his pretty young wife with him to attend parties, socialize and make himself known. She would have been an asset; they could have worked as a team. Here, he works hard to succeed, which leads him to leave Effi behind and he does get promoted on merit, which always takes more time than getting promoted through playing with politics.
The novel is like a tragedy by Racine: duty and society are more important than happiness and individual needs. Men and women are blindly obedient to duty and social conventions. Catching up with the daughter? Taking revenge? The old physician in Berlin claims that Effi looks exactly like her mother at her age. Why did Fontane add this detail at the beginning of the book? Effi Briest is a naturalist book; Zola is mentioned in the novel.
Zola relies on heredity as a back bone of Les Rougon-Macquart. Some things puzzled me in the novel. Is it to prove that women are weak creatures with poor nerves? The absence of gossip in Kessin also surprised me. Innstetten never knew. Was it because people feared his reaction and protected Effi? Or is it because there was nothing to gossip about? Innstetten actually wrote every day, as he had promised. The thing that made the receipt of his letters particularly pleasurable was the circumstance that he expected in return only one very short letter every week.
The dialogues can be very witty. But as soon as it comes to feelings love or bodily topics, he refrains. Was it dangerous to write about adultery at the time? Did he fear censorship? I come from a part of France with a strong German culture and for example, the descriptions of Christmases in Kessin reminded me of home. I was wondering who would be the lover and had guessed the ending. Highly recommended.
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Other reviews: Tom, from A Common Reader , Iris from Iris on books and participants following the rules of the readalong. I throughyl enjoyed Effi Briest too when I read it. I too found the marriage more than a bit peculiar since Innstetten wanted the mother initially, so the match starts off being unhealthy right from the beginning. Like Like. I did find it alien, different from British and French literature, that I know better.
I suppose the culture is linked to religion.
Just very ill-matched. What did you think about the Chinaman thing? I really wonder why Fontane chose that peculiar beginning for their marriage. It sounds ancient, like widow queens marrying the new king, something like that. Or twisted, unhealthy, as you say.
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Now that I think of it, it brings me back to Greek tragedies. And I already thought of Racine. Emma, the affair was really consumated, in the carriage probably already. And later when she wnet for walks and was never found by Roswitha. He is a master because a lot is hidden. The construction, the foreshadowing, its all so incredibly well done. I think to fully understand one would have to read much more about it. The film maker is a woman. I did see Effi like the girl in the movie and the mother is an excellent choice. Instetten is a bit too good looking but I think it is said he is good looking in the book as well.
Flaubert is a master. Four words and you know that Emma and Rodolphe have sex. No details, just a short sentence. All this reserve prevented me from wholly loving the book. What you mention about the lanscape is interesting. If the book had been written at the beginning of the 19thC, the writer, influenced by the Romantic atmosphere in literature would have taken more advantage of it.
But in Flaubert as well. I thought the style a bit cold but beautiful. Does he always write like this or is it special for this book? This one upset me. The Chinaman was a bit of a red herring or crocodile! But it was clear from the start that she would have an affair. I kept looking for the character who would be the lover until Crampas steps in.
Thanks for the mention of my own review. I really enjoyed this book and I think I was surprised to find it so engrossing. Fontane really captures the youthfulness of Effie when she was married off and today we would feel that the poor girl was bound to end up in trouble due to having to cope with heavy responsibilities and also loneliness. The world of German East Prussia has disappeared forever and it was interesting to read a book located there.
I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of that part of the world as I have read at least two books of history describing the terrible conflicts that led to the annihilation of the German culture in that region. I suspect the topic was quite explosive at the time and in some ways the book is quite modern in its outlook — in that poor Effie finds some sort of redemption although in death!
I really enjoyed it too. Effie is so alive at the beginning, chatting, moving. The change of life is terrible: she lives her family and friends, ends up in a small town where she knows nobody and her husband is always travelling. One could be depressed with less than that.
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