The Marriage of Maria Braun Movie Review Summary

Actors: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus L÷witsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen

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THE MARRIAGE OE MARIA BRAUN (Die Ehe der Maria Braun) is a movie cowritten and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1979. The picture was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and won 5 German Academy Awards. This movie can be considered as a study of the destiny of a woman or as an allegory of Germany's political and economical evolution during the years after WWII.
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The setting is a big city of Germany at the end of WWII. Maria Braun has just married Herrmann who must go back to the front on the next day. When the war is finally over, Maria will wait for weeks that Herrman reappears. After having been told that Herrman has died, Maria decides to work in a night-club where she makes the acquaintance of Bill, a black american soldier, with whom she'll live for a few months, until Herrman reappears and kills Bill.

Herrman is condemned to jail for murder but a still loving Maria decides to do everything she can in order to offer him a house and a good life for the time of his release. With this project in mind and Herrman's tacit agreement, she will seduce the factory owner Karl Oswald, become his mistress, be hired as a consultant in the factory management and reveal herself as a competent businesswoman.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   German Woman/class/friends story?    -   woman's story Lover is...    -   of another race (interracial loving!) Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing full frontal--men Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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