The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)
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The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"A masterwork"
‑ Christopher Null,
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Enormous if sobering fun -- and one of the notable accomplishments of modern German cinema."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"No matter how Maria Braun is interpreted, Fassbinder's film is always poignant and striking and alarmingly frightening."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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