The title character in this brutal dissection of a bourgeois marriage takes her name from Martha Hyer, a star of 1950's Hollywood melodramas. But the Martha here (played by Margit Carstensen) is a meek, virginal librarian, vacationing in Rome with her domineering father. When he dies suddenly, Martha is released of one patriarchal hold only to find herself under the spell of another: her swift marriage to a wealthy, magnetic civil engineer. Fassbinder's baroque abstraction veers from social comedy to psychological horror with deftness, anchored by the forceful performances of Carstensen and Karlheinz Böhm.
M | Mature themes
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