The Marriage of Maria Braun Film Still

The Marriage of Maria Braun

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

 
  • West Germany
  • 1978
  • 120 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #204

Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only to have him disappear in the war. Alone, Maria uses her beauty and ambition to prosper in Germany’s “economic miracle” of the 1950’s. Fassbinder’s biggest international box-office success and the first part of his “postwar trilogy,” 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.

Cast

Maria BraunHanna Schygulla
Hermann BraunKlaus Löwitsch
Karl OswaldIvan Desny
MotherGisela Uhlen
Betti KlenzeElisabeth Trissenaar
Willi KlenzeGottfried John
SenkenbergHark Bohm
BillGeorge Byrd
DoctorClaus Holm
Hans WetzelGünter Lamprecht
Grandpa BergerAnton Schiersner
Red Cross nurseSonja Neudorfer
Train conductorVolker Spengler
VeviIsolde Barth
Mrs. EhmkeLilo Pempeit
American at the conferenceBruce Low
American on the trainGünther Kaufmann
Prosecuting attorneyKarl-Heinz von Hassel
Justice of the PeaceHannes Kaetner
NotaryKristine de Loup

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders
  • Exclusive video interview with the star of The Marriage of Maria Braun and regular Fassbinder collaborator, Hanna Schygulla
  • Video interview with Fassbinder scholar Eric Rentschler
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Film Essays

Heartbreak House: Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy

By Kent Jones September 29, 2003

People say that drugs killed Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but after taking another look at his films and his writings, I have a different idea. He once said, famously, that he was trying to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

A Market for Emotions: The Marriage of Maria Braun Production History

By Michael Töteberg September 29, 2003

Fassbinder had long dreamed of a “German Hollywood film.” He sought not only success with the audience, but also professionalism. The auteur film in its purest form is an attempt to abolish the . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Heartbreak House: Fassbinder's BRD Trilogy

By Kent Jones September 29, 2003

People say that drugs killed Rainer Werner Fassbinder, but after taking another look at his films and his writings, I have a different idea. He once said, famously, that he was trying to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

A Market for Emotions: The Marriage of Maria Braun Production History

By Michael Töteberg September 29, 2003

Fassbinder had long dreamed of a “German Hollywood film.” He sought not only success with the audience, but also professionalism. The auteur film in its purest form is an attempt to abolish the . . . Read more »