The Nasty Girl

Screening on Film
Directed by Michael Verhoeven.
With Lena Stoltze, Hans-Reinhard Müller, Monika Baumgartner.
West Germany, 1989, 35mm, color and b&w, 94 min.
German with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

H is for Historical Revision

After a Bavarian schoolgirl writes an award-winning essay that earns her a trip to Paris she decides to follow up her efforts with a piece on the history of her town. In the process, she discovers some nasty secrets about her forefathers and their complicity with the Nazis. Despite the hostility and ostracism she and her family experience, she remains undeterred in her pursuit of the village’s darkest secrets. Verhoeven’s clever use of visual techniques such as rear-screen projection provides an ironic commentary on the false facade of normalcy projected by Germany at the end of the Cold War. The film was based on the writings of Anja Rosmus, a young writer who discovered direct links to Hitler and Eichmann in her hometown of Passau.

Part of film series

Read more

Cinema A–Z: Treasures from the Harvard Film Archive

Other film series with this film

Read more

German Retro-Visions

Read more

Michael Verhoeven: Three Films