"The Marriage of Maria Braun"
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Winner of the Silver
Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Best Actress (Hanna Schygulla)
and Outstanding Single Achievement for the entire production team (1979). Hanna
Schygulla stars in Fassbinder's spectacular weaving of soap opera, comedy,
history, politics and social satire into a lucid whole. Maria marries
Hermann Braun the night before he is called to the front in WWII Germany.
Soon he's believed to be dead, and Maria starts working her way up through
the bedrooms of the social elite. When her husband suddenly returns, a fight
ensues and she ends up clobbering her lover to death. At the American war
trial, Hermann accepts blame and prison sentence, while Maria is left to
deal with her uncertain pregnancy and promiscuous nature in this darkly
humorous metaphor for the German post-war national spirit. German with
English subtitles. 120 minutes.