The Marriage of Maria Braun 1978
120 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With a blazing star performance from Hanna Schygulla in the title role, this was the greatest critical and commercial success of Fassbinder’s career, and was the ‘German Hollywood film’ he’d longed to make. It’s the ‘everywoman’ tale of Maria Braun, whose marriage lasts less than one day before her husband is sent to the front. When he fails to return in 1945, she struggles to rebuild her life in the terrible aftermath of WWII.