Volker Schlondorff's Summer Lightning, retitled and shortened a bit. It remains a powerful, if sometimes overly didactic, exploration of the problems of freedom for a young woman in a society that preaches a good deal more about liberation than it is willing to accept. Schlondorff's wife and coauthor Margarethe von Trotta is a standout as a modern German divorcee trying to make a life for herself, but lacking the sustained inner drive that would have turned her into a feminist heroine and the film into a dreary tract. Originally shot for television, Schlondorff's film showed him to be one of the most technically accomplished German directors of the 70s (1972).
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