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The Marriage of Maria Braun

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What's it About

In 1943, in the midst of an Allied bombing raid, Maria (Schygulla) marries the soldier Hermann Braun (Lowitsch). After just one night together, he returns to the front and is presumed dead after the war. Maria starts an affair with American G.I. Bill (Byrd), who takes care of her and her mother. When Hermann shows up very much alive, Maria’s life gets turned upside down.

Why we love it

A troubled shoot, including budget shortfalls and the director’s drug use, nevertheless resulted in a rich allegorical tale of post-war Germany. Maria stands in for the country, a determined survivor despite the crushing defeats in her past. Schygulla, whose relationship with Fassbinder spanned 20 films, won a slew of awards for her bold, memorable performance. Sadly, the prolific Fassbinder died young, but left behind over 30 features, including this artful drama.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"