Das Mädchen Rosemarie (1958)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Film a Clef, Musical Drama, Satire  |   Release Date - Jun 28, 1958 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Originally Das Madchen Rosemarie, this German "musical tragedy" has a lot in common with the Bertold Brecht/Kurt Weill theatrical pieces The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahoganny; in fact, the music heard throughout was taken from Weill's backlog. Austrian beauty contest winner Nadja Tiller plays the prostitute heroine, based on a real-life call girl whose predilection for blackmailing her high-profile customers ended with her mysterious death in 1957. The film was advertised as a "satire," with the satirical level exemplified by a chorus of capitalist businessmen rhythmically opening and closing their briefcases. The "frivolity" of Rosemary is punctuated by moments of chilling horror, including the film's bleak denouement.

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killing, blackmail, business, car, customer, death, driver, expensive, Germany, girl, hidden, identity, industrialist, life, man, motive, neighbor, problems, prostitute/prostitution, secrets, service, social-climber, songwriter, strangler, street