The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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 1950s.
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. 1979, Germany, 35mm, in German, English, and French with English subtitles, 120 minutes. Rated R.