This Monday’s movie is the compelling Franco-German coproduction  

DIE SPAZIERGÄNGERIN VON SANS-SOUCI – THE PASSERBY – LA PASSANTE DU SANS SOUCI
(1982, 102 min., dir. Jacques Rouffio, starring Romy Schneider amd Michel Piccoli, synchronised German version with English subtitles) 

DATE: 7 APRIL

TIME: 17h00

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251 

About the film:
The Passerby (original French title: La passante du Sans-Souci, “The Passerby of Sans-Souci”) is a 1982 French film directed by Jacques Rouffio, based on the 1936 novel on the same name by Joseph Kessel, and starring Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli.

Synopsis:  Max Baumstein is a reputable businessman, a rich self-made man with a conscience – he founded a highly visible and active international organization fighting against violations of human rights. Why would he commit an act that apparently negates the principles he has striven for so long to uphold? Eventually, he reveals a secret about himself that he kept hidden from his younger wife Lina, and that in a roundabout way concerns her as well. It is the conclusion of a struggle that started many decades earlier, when Elsa Wiener, a German singer exiled in Paris, without money or relations, a refugee among many others, faced two daunting problems: surviving in a foreign city, and saving her husband Michel from the clutches of the Nazis. 

This film was the last film of German film star Romy Schneider, who lived the greater part of her short life in France. Her son David had been killed shortly before this film was made and her divorced husband Harry Meyen had committed suicide in 1979. The filmmaking has proved to be a huge psychological stress for Romy Schneider. Due to her sudden death after the completion of this film she could not finish his synchronization, which then had to be done by Eva Manhardt.  

Looking forward to seeing you there!

For more details please contact:  

Dr Marion Pape
Head, German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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