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The Marriage of Maria Braun - Available ONLY as part of the "Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy" - 4 Disc Boxed Set

" Bombs fell as Maria [Hanna Schygulla], was married to a soldier named Hermann Braun, with the wedding party scrambling for safety. Then came more years of the war. Whatever happened to Maria Braun during those years created a woman who is strong and cruel, sad and indomitable. She is so loyal to her husband of less than a day that she kills for him, and so pitiless to her lover of many years that she drives him to death."

"All the time she is keeping score: nylons and cigarettes at first, then a good job, fashionable clothes, a house in the suburbs, expensive restaurants. At the end, her desperate lover, who is also her boss and has made her rich, tries to get a word with her; as he talks, she continues to enter numbers into an adding machine."

"Fassbinder's world was one in which sex, ego and money drove his characters to cruelty, sadism and self-destruction. It is never difficult to discover what they want, or puzzling to see how they go about it. ... His occasional gentle characters, like the old woman in "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" (1974), are eaten alive. The suggestion is that the war years and the postwar years wounded the German psyche so profoundly that the survivors wanted what they wanted, now, on their terms. Fassbinder himself was cruel and distant to those around him, particularly those who loved him, and in Maria Braun, he created an indelible monster who is perversely fascinating because she knows exactly what she is doing and explains it to her victims while it is being done." ---- Roger Ebert

The Marriage of Maria Braun is the first part of a "post-war" trilogy by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

DVD - The Criterion Collection

The Four-Disc Box Set of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy Contains: The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979, 120 min.), Lola (1981, 113 min.) Veronika Voss (1982, 104 min.) & BRD Trilogy: Supplemental Disc (2003)

  • Disc One: The Marriage of Maria Braun - Special Features:
  • New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and filmmaker Wim Wenders
  • Exclusive video interview with regular Fassbinder collaborator, Hanna Schygulla
  • Video interview with Fassbinder scholar Eric Rentschler
  • Disc Two: Lola - Special Features:
  • Audio commentary by Fassbinder documentarian, biographer, and friend Christian Braad Thomsen
  • New video interview with Lola star Barbara Sukowa
  • New video interview with Fassbinder co-screenwriter Peter Marthesheimer

    Disc Three: Veronica Voss - Special Features:
  • Audio commentary by Fassbinder scholar Tony Rayns
  • New video conversation with star Rosel Zech and editor Juliane Lorenz
  • Dance with Death, a one-hour portrait of UFA Studios star, Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder's inspiration for Veronika Voss
  • Disc Four: The Supplements - Special Features:
  • I Don't Just Want You to Love Me, a feature-length documentary of Fassbinder's life and career
  • Life Stories: A Conversation with R.W. Fassbinder, a rare 45-minute interview with the director, made for German television
  • Exclusive video interview with Fassbinder cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger
  • Exclusive video conversation between Fassbinder scholar Laurence Kardish and editor Juliane Lorenz

Curator's Comments:
Read Roger Ebert's essay on this DVD Classic.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
120 minutes
Released: 1979
Rated: R

Country: Germany
Language: German with optional English subtitles
Genre: Drama


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