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Martha (1974)




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Martha is a wealthy and totally self-involved woman. She marries a stranger who claims not to be at all attracted to her, and their wedding is only the beginning of a battle to determine who will get the upper hand. Martha holds her own until a tragic accident paralyzes her.


Karlheinz Böhm
as Helmut Salomon
Gisela Fackeldey
as Mother Heyer
Adrian Hoven
as Father Heyer
Günter Lamprecht
as Dr. Herbert Salomon
El Hedi ben Salem
as Hotel guest
Kurt Raab
as Secretary - German embassy
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Critic Reviews for Martha

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

You don't have to agree with its premise -- that middle-class marriage equals sadomasochism -- to respond to the bravura comic glee with which the director lays it out.

January 15, 2005

A horrific black comedy -- a devastating view of bourgeois marriage rendered in a delirious baroque style.

September 3, 2003

Easily the most twisted film of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's career, Martha (a favorite of his frequent cinematographer Michael Ballhaus) catalogs the tyrannical hold a bourgeois husband has over his wife.

September 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

An array of domestic terrors

March 13, 2010 | Full Review…

Acerbic black satire of a bourgeois marriage.

May 23, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Fassbinder offers up an extremely bleak work here, even for him, but ultimately the film works mainly as the diatribe against marriage that it is.

December 9, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Martha


Wicked! Fassbinder is one of the few directors that can create high comedy instead of melodrama out of a borgeois, sado-masochistic relationship.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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