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The Marriage Of Maria Braun [1978] [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GRU8TK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kennedy VINE VOICE on May 17, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Without a doubt this is Fassbinder's best film. Many of his others are too whacked or just have poor acting and plot, but with this one he was on target. This movie provides a shattering view of what it was like for a woman in post war Germany. Often we have seen movies that show what it was like in occupied europe during or after the war, but few movies have provided what the German civilian experience was like.
Fassbinder provides his usual chaotic and striking images, which can sometimes be a little odd and weird, but work well here. From the nutty marriage in the beginning to the final tragic end, this movie provides a tour-de-force of what the ruin and devastation of the war was like for Germany and its people.
Hanna Schygulla is an impressive and sexy actress! Her forward style combined with her good looks makes for a fascinating combination. She lights up every scene in this movie. There are some controversial moments in this film, which considering that it was done in the 1970s are pretty avant-garde. Interracial activities may be considered standard now in US movies, but 30 years ago this was very much a taboo subject. While this only comprises a small segment of the film, we can see that Fassbinder loved to deal with this kind of forbidden fruit.
There is probably a lot of German cinematic technique that I am glossing over, which a film student would go ape over. I see the movie as a social-historical epic and thus my perspective is different. On many different levels this movie has interest, but I think its portrayal of the human cost of the Second World War on the German pysche is the most revealing. Even though a people may survive a devastating conflict, the emotional scars can linger for generations.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Holmes on October 18, 2000
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An utterly shattering experience, unlike anything you have ever seen before. Fassbinder was a master of the cinematic medium, creating vibrant characters, brilliant dialogue and unforgettable images. Incredible in every way, with Hanna Schygulla in one of her best performances.If you truly love great cinema, you must see this film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Snow on November 2, 2012
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ONE STAR ONLY BECAUSE OF REGION MISINFORMATION: Though this DVD is clearly described as ALL REGIONS, if you live in REGION 1 you can only play this DVD on your computer and ONLY if you change your computer's player's (Windows Media Player)setting to REGION 2, which you can only do for a VERY LIMITED number of times (3 or 4). Then you're stuck, and eventually you may not be able to change the computer's setting back to the original Region 1 - at all. So, if you intend to play this particular "The Marriage of Maria Braun" on your regular DVD Region 1 player, STAY AWAY from this version by ARROW FILMS! For Region 1 viewers, the only available version of this film is on the TRIPLE FASSBINDER SET offered by CRITERION. Also BE AWARE that this ALL REGIONS misinformation is NOT EXCLUSIVE to this particular DVD. Most Region 2 DVDs are clearly described as such, but apparently, since some can be played on a computer by changing a computer's Media Player's setting, these discs are slyly described as ALL REGIONS which is akin to a half truth.
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By Alfredo on November 9, 2013
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'The Marriage of Maria Braun' is German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's best-known and most financially successful movie and it's not hard to see why: it's a big event, a tour de force. This melodrama tells the story of an audacious, beautiful woman who puts her survival instinct to use during the early post-war era, when capitalist West Germany arose from the ashes. The film begins just as she's getting married amidst the chaos of the last day of World War II in 1945, and much of what follows has to do with the peculiar way in which she devotes herself to her absent, yet somehow always present, idealized husband. The character of Maria is fascinating as a person, but it also serves as an allegory for Germany itself during this period of reconstruction, now generally referred to as the "economic miracle" ("Wirtschaftswunder").

Hanna Shygulla gives a stupendous performance as the gorgeous and strong-willed Maria. She and Fassbinder were close and had worked together in many plays and films, including 'The Bitter Tears of Eva Von Kant', in 1972. By the time they made 'The Marriage of Maria Braun' in 1979, four years had passed since their last collaboration, so they both regarded it as a special reunion. To me, the film is a testament of the director's nostalgia and adoration for his diva. He was infamously difficult with many of his actors and actresses, yet is said to have treated Shygulla with a special kind of tenderness, and I believe it shows here.

Fassbinder was openly gay, but married twice. His relationships with his first wife, Ingrid Caven, and Moroccan male lover El Hedi Ben Salem, both important actors in his films, are known to have been especially tempestuous. This pattern of love/hate may reflect on some of the characters in his work.
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By Randy Keehn VINE VOICE on October 1, 2007
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"The Marriage of Maria Braun" is an interesting movie that gives the audience a look at the other side of WWII in Europe. I'm not about to make any case for sympathy towards the German side in that war but people are people and the civilians and returning soldiers had an enormous challenge to rebuild their lives, their families, and their country. We get a sense of this by watching the post-war life of a woman who had married in the midst of an air raid and only had a day-long honeymoon. As she waited for her husband to come home from the war, she finds the need to make adjustments. The movie is about those adjustments and I don't think it would be fair to elaborate because I had no hint of what was to come next and that helped me appreciate the movie all the more. Let's just say that Maria Braun reminded me a lot of Scarlet O'Hara.

I thought that "The Marriage of Maria Braun" was a very good movie because of how well I felt it brought out its' message of survival and its' consequences. I was satisfied that I had gotten the director's intended message but then I saw this sequence between what seemed to be the proper end and the cast and credits. What was that all about? I milled it over and wondered whether or not the director, Rainer Fassbinder, was trying to make a statement about the division of Germany. I could understand how one character's success and materialism represents West Germany. It's alliance with the West was enriching but may have involved compromising aspects of it's self-respect. Another character's imprisonment represented the confinement and lack of freedom of East Germany. I wonder if the point was to suggest that, after such a long seperation, the potential reunion was going to be difficult. If the ending throws you off, don't worry, the previous two hours says enough.
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