The Marriage of Maria Braun
- Original title
Die Ehe der Maria Braun
- Running time
- 119 min.
- Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Pea Fröhlich, Peter Märthesheimer
Michael Ballhaus, Horst Knecht
Trio Film-WDR / Albatros Filmproduktion
Drama | Prostitution. 1940s. 1950s
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- Synopsis / Plot
- While bombs are fall ing all over the place during World War II , Hermann Braun and Maria get married. One night is all they have before Herrmann has to go to war again. After war has ended - her husband apparently died - Maria has an affair with GI Bill, a coloured person. But Herrmann comes back home unexpectedly. During the confrontation with her husband and her lover Maria kills Bill. Herrman takes it upon himself and has to go to prison. Maria meets Oswald, a rich factory owner, and becomes indispensable in his company and in his life while she waits for Herrmann to get out of prison. When that day has come he disapperas without leaving a trace. Only after Oswald's death he reappears. Instead of having a welcome back party a catastrophe occurs: Maria leaves the gas open - on purpose or by mistake - and while Germany is about to win in the wold cup finale in 1954 the building is shaken by a huge explosion.
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear, Silver Bear - Best Actress (Schygulla)
: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Film
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Schygulla)
: 5 German Film Awards: including Film Award in Silver and Best Director
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