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The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)

The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) (1979)

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The film that elevated German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder from domestic approbation to international acclaim, The Marriage of Maria Braun stars the director's on-and-off favorite actress Hanna Schygulla in the title role. During the allied siege of Germany in the last year of the war, Maria's new husband (Klaus Löwitsch) is shipped off to the Russian front before the marriage is consummated. As she struggles to survive wartime deprivations, Maria haunts the local train station, seeking out

Sep 30, 2003

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Fassbinder himself was cruel and distant to those around him, particularly those who loved him, and in Maria Braun, he created an indelible monster who is perversely fascinating.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The Marriage of Maria Braun is both an epic comedy and a romantic ballad, two not especially friendly forms that become seamlessly one in the sweet, tough, brilliantly complex performance of Hanna Schygulla.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Though Fassbinder takes a more open attitude toward his characters, letting them exist as fully developed psychological specimens, his deadly irony continues to operate on the level of mise-en-scene.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The stark atmosphere, icy performances, and poignant revelations make it one of the most important films to emerge from Germany in the 1970s, and one of Fassbinder's best.

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The film's epic structure and period detail has always pleased critics, but Fassbinder avoids the usual trappings of the genre and manages a raw intimacy throughout.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Enormous if sobering fun -- and one of the notable accomplishments of modern German cinema.

July 5, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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This is what happens when theme is emphasized over story--a series of inorganic plot developments constructed to suit Fassbinder's indictment of postwar Germany.

February 17, 2004
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The Marriage of Maria Braun can be seen as the story of a shrewd and ambitious woman or as a parable on the decadence of postwar Germany.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

No matter how Maria Braun is interpreted, Fassbinder's film is always poignant and striking and alarmingly frightening.

November 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A masterwork

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Hanna Schygulla shines as a fascinating character who grows from a desperate, devoted wife into a cynical, relentless beauty - a reflection of the decadence of postwar Germany in this always compelling character study, the first film of the so-called BRD Trilogy.
August 21, 2013
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An incredible character study.
March 22, 2012
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with a bravura performance from hanna schygulla and shot by michael ballhaus, who became scorsese's cinematographer, this is an absolutely stunning film for 1979, and the one that made fassbinder an international star, a mere 3 years before his death. on the surface it's the story of an independent woman who does what she has to to get ahead in the chaos of post war germany. on another level it's political allegory about germany itself and it's place in history. funny and highly entertaining, fassbinder's aim was to make a german hollywood film and he references some of his favorites, especially curtiz' 'mildred pierce'. really fascinating work.
September 12, 2011
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Another brilliant post WWII response, this film reviews West Germany's Wirtschaftswunder. A compellingly wrought marriage of contradictions: survival and adaptation; idealism and cynicism; compassion and coldness. The final, ironic commentary "Germany has won" raises chilling implications.
October 10, 2010
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  • Le Mariage de Maria Braun (FR)
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