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Roses Bloom on the Grave in the Meadow

Heimatfilme (homeland films) that emerged in Germany after World War II, this 1952 drama is set in a village relatively unscathed by warfare, but its tone is uncharacteristically dark, and it presents the big city as salvation, not a menace. A young farm girl (Ruth Niehaus) resists the amorous advances of a brutish neighbor and attracts a young architect who's brought a whiff of vitality and modernity to the village. She's obsessed with the fate of another girl like herself who, three centuries earlier, led an officer of the conquering Swedish army to his death in the moors. Director-writer Hans H. K├Ânig belabors the parallels between past and present, and his film is full of melodramatic flourishes and crude Eisenstein-like montage. In German with subtitles. 90 min.

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