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

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com

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.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Enormous if sobering fun -- and one of the notable accomplishments of modern German cinema.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
Stefanie C
Another brilliant post WWII response, this film reviews West Germany's Wirtschaftswunder. A compellingly wrought marriage of contradictions: survival and… More
Michael S
An incredible character study.
Dimitris Springer
A doomed marriage,hence a classic leading lady.Oh you Fassbinder,executive persona.
Stella Dallas
with a bravura performance from hanna schygulla and shot by michael ballhaus, who became scorsese's cinematographer, this is an absolutely stunning film… More