Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979)
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A facinating study of characters finding themselves in extreme circumstances during the post-war decades in Germany. Maria Braun is a truly original character and a large part of our facination for her is due to her development from star-crossed lover and scavenger to an icy manipulator, navigating her way to the top of the business world. Despite how she treats the men around her, we still retain sympathy for her, largely because she is driven by loyalty and love to her husband and because she possess such an abundance of strong character traits such as determination, intellect, composure and dignity.
A terrific film! The best Fassbinder I've seen so far. Certainly the least amateurish of his films.
Excellent movie. Characters deep and complex. A true movie of a woman empowering herself. Fassbinder classic.
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This movie ranks #32 in Kinemathekverbund's The 100 Most Important German Films
This movie ranks #160 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #230 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #251 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #270 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #281 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #530 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #647 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #673 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #774 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #829 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?