Cinema of the World: Die Ehe der Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Die Ehe der Maria Braun  (Il matrimonio di Maria Braun, 1978)

Cast: Günter Lamprecht, Ivan Desny, Hanna Schygulla, Gisela Uhlen…

Plot Synopsis:

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 information concerning her husband. When it appears that she’s a widow, Maria takes a job as a barmaid and befriends a black soldier (George Byrd) from the occupying allied troops, who sees to it that Maria’s family receives vital food and supplies. The opportunistic Maria eventually takes a job with a wealthy importer (Ivan Desny), building herself up to a position of power and indispensability. Though she sleeps with her employer, Maria still carries a torch for her husband. by Hal Erickson (






The first of a trilogy about women in post-World War II Germany, Rainer Werner Fassbinder ‘s The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978) turns the melodramatic story of the titular heroine’s climb up the economic ladder into a historical allegory about both the post-war German “economic miracle” and 1970s West Germany. Evoking Joan Crawford‘s forceful lead in Mildred Pierce (1945) and the visually stylized 1950s melodramas of Douglas Sirk, Fassbinder combines theatrically composed lighting and camera moves with accurate recreations of war and post-war settings, decor, and dress to dramatize Maria Braun’s rise at the expense of her integrity. Driven by the memory of her brief marriage to create her own “economic miracle” by any means, Maria’s final betrayal by her husband is linked through photos and radio broadcasts with the moral betrayal of Germany by its postwar leaders. The most prominent (and prolific) director of the 1960s-’70s New German Cinema, Fassbinder finally had his first international box-office success with Maria Braun, confirming his place as one of the most striking filmmakers of the 1970s. Hanna Schygulla won Best Actress prizes from the Berlin Film Festival  and the New York Film Critics’ Circle for her performance as Maria. by Lucia Bozzola (All Movie Guide)

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il Morandini:

Una giovane attraente tedesca, sposa di guerra, riesce a diventare, attraverso il mercato nero e la prostituzione, una brillante donna d’affari, rimanendo sempre leale al marito prima prigioniero, poi detenuto. È uno dei migliori, e il più armonioso, film di R.W. Fassbinder, denso di avvenimenti e di personaggi, pieno di drammaticità e di sarcasmo, una ricca parabola sul “miracolo” tedesco. H. Schygulla memorabile. È uno dei quattro personaggi femminili (con Lilì Marlene, Lola, Veronika Voss) attraverso i quali Fassbinder ha composto una quadrilogia sulla Germania nazista e postnazista. (

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Pubblicato da su 31 luglio 2010 in Cinema



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  1. Rod Delarue

    31 luglio 2010 at 01:16

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The Marriage Of Maria Braun)
    Link (dvdrip. v.o. German | Subtitles: English, French and Spanish .srt):
    Per la versione in lingua italiana:



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