Rosa Luxemburg + Intro

Rosa Luxemburg, Margarethe von Trotta, 1986

Rosa Luxemburg is Margarethe von Trotta’s remarkable biopic of one of the most fascinating figures in modern European political history. Having fought for women’s rights and to revolutionise the state in early 20th century Poland and Germany, the Marxist revolutionary Luxemburg (1871-1919) formed the famous Spartacist League, later the Communist Party of Germany before she was murdered in Berlin aged 47 after a failed uprising.

Initially intended to be directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, von Trotta became obsessed with Luxemburg’s character after his death in 1982. After researching over 2,500 of Luxemburg’s writings and speeches, she completely rewrote the original script and it shows – the final film feels stunningly authentic, her own vision from beginning to end.

This screening will be introduced by Professor Sue Thornham, presented in association with the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex.

With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery

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18/05/2019 - 10/11/2019