The Marriage Of Maria Braun  [DVD]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Very interesting narrative. Good actors. Story not very vraisemblable, although, but this is not really very important in the context,Published 15 months ago by Luiz
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 morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Mike
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 on June 26, 2013 by Mary Susan Epler
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 morePublished on May 27, 2013 by A. Douglas Ordunio
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 on March 9, 2013 by Heidemarie Roberts
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 on December 30, 2012 by Philip Taylor
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... Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by C. Parker
"The Marriage of Maria Braun" is an interesting movie that gives the audience a look at the other side of WWII in Europe. Read morePublished on October 1, 2007 by Randy Keehn