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FSU International Film Series to Present "The Legend of Rita"
04/24/2002

The Frostburg State University International Film Series will present "The Legend of Rita" on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center's Atkinson Room.

Set in West Germany in the early 1990's, this political thriller begins with an unconventional bank robbery. Social activist Rita Vogt, accompanied by a terrorist gang, tells bank employees, "Hi, guys, we're the robbers. We're nationalizing the economy." As the group flees, Rita stops to give money to a street person.

After a series of complications, these anti-capitalist revolutionaries are forced to disband, but Rita decides to take refuge in East Germany under a false identity and soon encounters some of the drab, discontented reality of a Communist state. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, which unavoidably happens after the German reunification.

The Los Angeles Times calls the film a "captivating saga" and "major achievement for director Volker Schlondorff," who also directed "The Tin Drum." This German film runs for 103 minutes.

For information, contact the Lane Center Information Desk at (301) 687-4411. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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