The performance of Hanna Schygulla really holds the film together and keeps the viewer gripped on the story and the predicament of Maria. Rainer Werner Fassbinder had collaborated with Schygulla on many films in the past notably on The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant and Effi Briestwhich also screened as part of the Filmhouse Fassbinder season and their successful working relationship is obvious in her beautiful and attention grabbing performance.
Despite her many mistakes, Maria is an unusually sympathetic Fassbinder character.
View it and see what you think! Later in the bathroom she is running water over her wrist and she appears to be sad.
Maria Braun is a powerful and forceful character. I found each of them to have an important story to tell, whether it was a "good" story or not. The effect is one of helplessness; we can only watch as the beautiful, young Maria Braun places herself in an emotional vacuum.
The movie begins with a wedding which is taking place during an air raid. Schygulla gives a magnificent performance as a vulnerable young woman who becomes a self-confident, independent and competent survivor yet still comes to a bad end, largely because of the basic corruption of her world.
Just when she has nearly forgotten about her husband, however, the starving and emasculated Hermann turns up while Maria and Bill are beginning to make love. Sign in to vote. She does not suffer fools gladly and thrives on taking control of every situation she finds herself in.
Film starts out with Maria Schygulla and Hermann Braun Klaus Lowitsch just getting married as the bombs continue to fall and Hermann is shipped out towards the waning days of the war and now Maria and her mother and sister must scrape by to survive.
So when the house explodes its by accident. Schygulla is quite powerful in perhaps the best role of her career, remaining cold and aloof, yet evoking a strong sense of pity. Fassbinder was fascinated by survivors but he was also incredibly passionate.
Indeed, they even share an ambiguous early death. In it, he allows us to identify with his heroine utterly, as she ruthlessly gets everything she wants in preparation for her reunion with her husband. The Marriage of Maria Braun Maria spends a day with Hermann Braun after their marriage, but the Second World War, a murder and her affair with textiles tycoon Oswald conspire to keep them apart for a decade, by which time the spark of passion has died.
Hence, we realise that the idyllic marriage to which Maria pins her hopes is as much an illusion as that of her friend, Betti.
The movie meets a tragic and melodramatic conclusion when Maria uncovers that her husband and Karl Oswald may not have been entirely honest with her. The war has ended and Germany must rebuild and one day on a train Maria meets Karl Oswald Ivan Desny who is a successful businessman in textiles and she uses her charms to get a job.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder originally conceived the project for Romy Schneider in the mids, but, as in the film itself, delays took the gloss off this dream pairing and Fassbinder cast Hanna Schygulla, who only accepted the role on the proviso that Maria Braun was less docile and exploited than her character in their previous collaboration, Effi Briest The pair find themselves separated again as Hermann takes the blame and is imprisoned for the death of Bill.
But one day while getting intimate with Bill they see Hermann at the door. But the facts of life gradually come to decree otherwise - as, says Fassbinder, they usually do.
Soon after Hermann returns to the front line of World War 2, while life continues for Maria. The rebuilding of Germany with all the sounds of construction are used as only backdrop and the film stays focused on the exploits of Maria. I think she was overly excited by Hermann being home and left it on by accident Remember her putting on a dress for no reason?
He currently lives in Glasgow.There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Randy Keehn. out of 5 stars Reconstruction. October 1, Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase "The Marriage of Maria Braun" is an interesting movie that gives the audience a look at the other side of WWII in Europe.
I'm not about to make any case for sympathy towards /5(17). Marriage of Maria Braun Maria Braun is a vulnerable young woman who becomes self-confident, independent and competent survivor and is portrayed to be Sensual and tough.
She marries a soldier in the middle of World War II and spends a half of day and the whole night with him. Check out the exclusive ultimedescente.com movie review and see our movie rating for The Marriage Of Maria Braun. Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
The Marriage Of Maria Braun can be seen at the National Film Theatre, London SE1 ( ) on February 15 and 20 as part of the Fassbinder season.
Reviews / Film / The Marriage of Maria Braun Steven Fraser | 21 Jun Rainer Werner Fassbinder /West Germany// minutes The Fassbinder Season at the Edinburgh Filmhouse is drawing to a close with its penultimate film The Marriage of Maria Braun.Download