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2,203 Ratings

The Marriage of Maria Braun

Die Ehe der Maria Braun

West Germany, 1978
Drama, History

Synopsis

The Marriage of Maria Braun is the “German Hollywood film” Fassbinder had long dreamed of making. A heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her own life, as well as a pointed metaphorical attack on a society determined to forget its past.

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The Marriage of Maria Braun Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Critics reviews

Yes, Maria Braun may be unusually “accessible,” thanks to its conventional melodramatic plot and its obvious thematic symbolism. But so too does it represent an exceptional artistic maturity that ushered the 33-year-old director into the final phase of masterpieces.
November 28, 2018
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Maria spends most of the picture waiting for her husband, Hermann, to come home—first from war, then from prison—and while waiting on happiness, she rises in the business world, amassing a fortune she hopes to one day enjoy with her man. Her real life put on hold, Maria becomes callous, miserly, even mean, yet Fassbinder never looks at her without sympathy. She’s one of the director’s most complex heroines, and Hanna Schygulla plays her for what she was meant to be: the role of a lifetime.
November 17, 2017
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Fassbinder’s radical love for self-destruction has likely never been more celebratory than here, as Maria’s lights her whole world on fire. This time, there are no survivors.
April 07, 2016
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