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The Marriage of Maria Braun

1978, Drama, 2h 0m

26 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Hanna Schygulla is a knockout in The Marriage of Maria Braun, an intimate epic that reaffirms Rainer Werner Fassbinder's mastery of examining multifaceted people and a complicated nation. Read critic reviews

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Near the end of World War II, Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann (Klaus Lowitsch), who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill (George Byrd). They start a relationship that is interrupted when Hermann returns alive. During a scuffle between the men, Maria accidentally kills Bill. Hermann takes the blame and goes to jail, while Maria begins a hard new life.

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  • Aug 21, 2013
    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 Fassbinder's so-called BRD Trilogy.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2011
    Fassbinder's emphasis on the fierceness and determination of Hanna Schygulla indicates that everything is more dependent on the reality of emotions, which can destroy the objectivity even of the most savage and impulsive flower, than any fantasy signal that may be seen since the very beginning of the marriage scene in war times. "Time destroys everything." 98/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2011
    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.
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2010
    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.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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