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The Marriage Of Maria Braun [1978] [DVD] (1978)

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2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GRU8TK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fassbinder's Best Film 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
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING ABOUT REGION MISINFORMATION November 2, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb cult movie! March 14, 2005
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This film consolidated in all the world to Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Even he had a huge number of avid viewers who knew about him by other titles. This picture became the First German Film really commercial all over the world. Hanna Schygulla shone as a real Super Nova with this complex , intelligent and crude tale.

Fassbinder interweaved a web which linked almost fifteen years of live story through the eyes of a loyal woman whom suddenly after she marries, his husband is requested to participate in the War. From that day she will wait for him, day after day until she decides to make a breakthrough with the life when the hunger and the misery slowly will surround her whole family.

The rest of the story runs for you. Magnificent script, an anthological ending who still is shocking. Indeed this was film of the famous Trilogy with Lola and Veronika Voss.

The sudden death of Fassbinder in 1982, left the German Cinema literally orphan and his place still keeps empty.

The marriage that only elapsed a day and all night long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, however... July 29, 2012
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I really like this film, which is why I ordered it. I was disappointed to find out, though, that although the product description says "All Regions," it is NOT compatible with region 1. I had to put it in my laptop and change the region in order to watch this DVD, and while that is not too big of a problem, there are a limited number of times the region can be changed on a laptop, so if I need to change it back to region 1 and later want to watch the movie again and change it back to the region the DVD works on, I can only watch it two or three times ever and then it will be completely useless. Therefore I unfortunately have to give this product a one star rating, but it has nothing to do with the film itself, which is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder Woman November 9, 2013
By Alfredo
'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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1.0 out of 5 stars district 2 dvd only
Sadly this ship to me with a dvd district 2 limit meaning my players cannot view it. Perhaps I missed the part of the Product description that would have told me so. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work
This DVD did not work in my CD/dVD player. I think I was sent a European disc in error. I 've been too lazy to send it back.
Published 15 months ago by Mary Susan Epler
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading deescription
It is confusing if you look at the product description because the DVD is described as being in the PAL format, but it is described as ALL REGION. Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. Douglas Ordunio
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not view it
I could not view it since it was not in the required format to view in the United States. I would like to see it, if you could get it in the right format.
Published 18 months ago by Heidemarie Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be deceived
This is NOT an all regions DVD. It's region 2. It says so right on the box! I tried it on 3 DVD players and my computer before I had the sense to check out the box.
Published 21 months ago by Philip Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Reconstruction
"The Marriage of Maria Braun" is an interesting movie that gives the audience a look at the other side of WWII in Europe. Read more
Published on October 1, 2007 by Randy Keehn
1.0 out of 5 stars The Marriage of Maria Braun
You have got to be kidding. This film is a waste of time unless you like to view softcore porn of the interracial flavor. Read more
Published on December 1, 2003 by "jakeprater"
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