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.
Fassbinder made some of the most monotonous films, but in this one at least we have Hanna Schygulla who shines too much and therefore manages to save the viewer from complete boredom with her charisma and fantastic screen presence.
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This movie ranks #32 in The 100 Most Significant 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 University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #269 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #285 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #542 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #625 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #644 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #774 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #825 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films