Margarethe von Trotta  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Margarethe von Trotta (born 21 February 1942, Berlin) is a German film director and a member of the New German Cinema movement.

The illegitimate child of Elisabeth von Trotta and painter Alfred Roloff, she relocated to Paris in the 1960s, where she worked for film collectives, collaborating on scripts and co-directing short films.

In her early career, von Trotta was an actress, appearing in notable films of directors Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. In 1971, she divorced her first husband to marry Schlöndorff. A few years later she presented her first feature film.

Von Trotta, often featuring prominent female characters, has become the foremost female director working in Germany. Von Trotta and Schlöndorff split in 1991. She remains an important personality of German cinema.


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