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  1. Gelingen is a verb that has "dative construct nominativ" so shouldn't es be used in this context?
  2. "der Geschichte einer unglücklich Ehe" is not a relative clause because no verb there, so what kind of clause?
  3. By the way, what is the meaning of "Durchbruch"?

Many Thanks

  • Durchbruch = breakthrough – IQV Nov 7 '17 at 11:40
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  1. You don't need es because you know what succeeded: der internationale Durchbruch.

You would need es if you were going to follow with an infinitive: ... gelingt es dem Regisseur international durchzubrechen

  1. "der Geschichte einer unglücklichen Ehe" is an attributive clause, and it's dative because Spielfilm is also dative here:

Mit seinem dritten Spielfilm...
Mit der Geschichte einer unglücklichen Ehe...

  1. Durchbruch is literally breakthrough . Here it means the director is breaking through into international fame
  • In terms of the (admittedly awkward) traditional German grammar (as tought in schools), is der Geschichte einer unglücklichen Ehe not simply an Attribut (to Spielfilm) by the form of Apposition? – Christian Geiselmann Nov 7 '17 at 12:01
  • @ChristianGeiselmann It's been a long time since I formally learned grammar, so you are probably right – PiedPiper Nov 7 '17 at 12:11
  • Yeah, the question is, what system of descriptive grammar does Millen have in mind. I would suppose, though, that it is not some more modern linguistic form of description, rather the traditional German school grammar... – Christian Geiselmann Nov 7 '17 at 12:23

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