January 21, 2009

...Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979)

Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The Marriage of Maria Braun) is often touted as Rainer Werner Fassbinder's most successful film and, with a magnificent performance by Hanna Schygulla in the title role, it most probably is. The story reminds me of about 5% of the 1945 film, Mildred Pierce which also concerns a woman working her way up the corporate ladder, so to speak, after World War II. Unlike the 1945 film though, Fassbinder has layered his story with underlying themes of post-war reconstruction and sexuality and ended the whole thing brilliantly; you'll be ruminating on this one for days.

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