The title role is played by Heidi Stroh, her mother by Edith Volkmann and her husband by Eberhard Peiker. "The film translates Lena Christ's plain and simple autobiography partly into a kind of Mannerist artificiality, partly into a ‘Chamber of Horrors' of inhuman suffering. In spite of these alienation effects, it remains a harrowing account of a victim of zeitgeist and prejudice" (International Film Lexicon). Hans W. Geißendörfer comments: "My film is neither a sentimental work nor a dialect piece. What I am interested in is the authoritarian structure of the environment that shaped this particular fate".
Geißendörfer's spectacular debut film "Der Fall Lena Christ" (The Case of Lena Christ) was made in 1968/69 as an in-house production of the Bavarian television company. The subsequent masterpieces of the then 27-year-old - the idiosyncratic vampire film "Jonathan" (1969), which was awarded a silver at the German Film Awards, his version of Friedrich-Schiller's "Carlos", which he turned into a Western drama, the impressive film version of Ludwig-Anzengruber's "Der Sternsteinhof" (The Sternstein Manor), winner of many awards, and the psychological thriller "Die gläserne Zelle" "(The Glass Cell) (1977), based on the novel of the same title by Patricia Highsmith, which was nominated for the Oscar for foreign films - were also co-productions with Bavaria Television.
Source: Films in Bavarian Television
Cast: Eberhard Peikert, Paul Stieber-Walter, Sophie Strelow, Heidi Stroh, Edith Volkmann
Drama | Germany 1970 | app. 90 minutes | Director: Hans W. Geißendörfer | Script: Peter Bendix, Hans W. Geißendörfer