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5th(2009)
Clara
Germany | 2008 | 109min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama

PROGRAM NOTE

In 1850, Robert Schumann, his wife Clara and their five children settle down in Duesseldorf where he has accepted a position as musical director. For the musician who is considered more as one of the world’s greatest composer than a conductor, it turns to be a bad decision. Nor is it a happy period for Clara, who is reduced to the role of housewife instead of acclaimed concert pianist performing throughout Europe to sold-out halls. That is, until she meets young, brilliant Brahms. Clara and Brahms fall for one another. Robert, who is sick and suffering from severe depression, attempts to drown himself in the river Rhine on Carnival Monday. His life is saved and he commits himself to a sanatorium. The relationship between Brahms, who cares for the family financially, and Clara grows even more intense. When Robert dies two years later, all the obstacles seem to have disappeared for them. Clara, however, refuses to marry again as Robert’s shadow still weighs too heavy on her. Instead, she decides to play his and Brahms’ music in the world’s concert halls, expressing her feelings for him and for the moments of darkness they both experienced with Robert. She suspects that she can only be an artist if she remains independent. The dramatic love triangle – also a treat for the ears for music lovers and a feast for the eyes for fans of decorative and costume cinema – was filmed with the same man with whom the director worked on Germany, Pale Mother, director of photography, Jüergen Jüerges. 

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DIRECTOR

Helma Sanders-Brahms

Born in 1940, Helma Sanders-Brahms studied Germanistics and Anglistics in Cologne. From 1967-69 she became a guest student with both Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sergio Corbucci. In 1970 she founded her own film production company, devoting her attention to documentaries as well as to fiction films. Under the Pavement Lies the Beach (1975), a love story reflecting the aftermath of 1968, became her European breakthrough. Germany Pale Mother (1980) remains until today an International success as one of the classics of German cinema.
Producer
: Alfred Hürmer
Cast
: Martina Gedeck Pascal Greggory Malik Zidi
Screenwriter
: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Cinematography
: Jürgen Jürges
Art director
: Uwe Szielasko
Editor
: Isabelle Devinck
Sound
: Janos Csaki
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