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The Marriage of Maria Braun

Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Hanna Schygulla,
Ivan Desny,
Klaus Löwitsch
Film Language
in German and French with English subtitles

Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only for him to go missing in the war. Alone, Maria puts to use her beauty and ambition in order to find prosperity during Germany’s “economic miracle” of the 1950s. 

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s biggest international box-office success, The Marriage of Maria Braun is 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. - The Criterion Collection

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