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  • Actors: Renee Felden
  • Directors: Valie Export
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FACETS
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043VUHWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,158 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Journalist Franz S. dallies with four women who think only they are the apple of Franz's eye. Each girlfriend represents a different female archetype: Petra is a sweet kindergarten nurse; Gertrud is an intelligent teacher; Elisabeth the barmaid is always ready for a party; and poor Anna is the long-suffering wife. Eventually, the women want more from life than Franz s attention and use different means to undermine his game.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. James on December 10, 2010
Format: DVD
A fantastic and harrowing film exploring the oppression of women in West Germany in the early '80s. Directed by Austrian video artist Valie Export, the film concerns itself with four women- the wife and three mistresses of Franz, a journalist. Each is introduced through an imaginative dream sequence that allows the film examine the frayed, destructive relationships of its characters beyond the confines of strict New Wave realism. Though the story is still deeply grounded in gritty drama and remarkably fraught performances from all of its actors. The situation becomes more frayed when two of the women become pregnant and Franz, shirking any responsibility, encourages them to terminate their pregnancies.
Though short on solutions for its tormented characters, MENSCHENFRAUEN does suggest that some semblance of hope may be found in facing hardships together, rather than facing an indifferent world alone. Those interested in German New Wave, Feminism, and the roots of American independent cinema of the 1990's would do well to see this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gangsteroctopus on January 29, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
(from the back of the Facets Video box): "Valie Export's daring film about relationships, MENSCHENFRAUEN (loosely translated, 'humanwomen'), focuses on Franz S., a journalist, and his relationship with four women: the kindergarten nurse Petra, the teacher Gertrude, barmaid Elisabeth, and his wife Anna. Franz 'doles out honorary pieces of himself to the "human women" in his seraglio, whispers the same assurances. Eventually, everyone catches on and makes some effort toward independence' (Gary Indiana, East Village Eye). 'A landmark film...Valie Export achieves in MENSCHENFRAUEN what Godard strove for but failed in his Every Man for Himself - a human view of a woman's place in a man's world...From credits to close, MENSCHENFRAUEN eludes conventional cinematic vision...Valie Export shows the talent rare among makers of film: the ability to think cinematically' (Seattle Film Festival)
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