Marriage Of Maria Braun, The

The first film in Fassbinder's trilogy about women in post-World War II (followed by Veronika Voss and Lola) this was also the film that solidified Fassbinder's reputation in Germany and abroad. In the opening sequence a German city is being torn apart by Allied bombs while Maria and her soldier fiancée, Hermann Braun are getting married. Immediately afterwards, the new husband is sent to the Russian front, leaving Maria with her mother and sister, impoverished and waiting for her husband, visiting the train station everyday with the hope of hearing news about him. After receiving word that he has died, Maria takes work as a barmaid in a café that caters to American soldiers. There she meets Bill, a hefty black soldier who, despite the fact they can barely converse, becomes her lover. Just when she has nearly forgotten her husband, the starving and emasculated Hermann comes back. Fassbinder's biggest international box-office success is a dramatic and subtle picture of an indomitable woman and his most effective metaphorical onslaught on Germany's "Economic Miracle" of the 1950's. Framed between photographs of Hitler and Helmut Schmidt, the story is filled with superbly conceived comic and soap opera incidents.

Peter Marthesheimer
Pia happy
R. W. Fassbinder

Michael Ballhaus

Juliane Lorenz

Elisabeth Trissenaar
George Byrd
Gisela Uhken
Gottfried John
Gunter Lamprecht
Hanna Schygulla
Hark Bohm
Ivan Desny
Klaus Lowitsch
R. W. Fassbinder

Peer ravens

Best Actress Berlin 1979

3rd Festival on Wheels