The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • This movie follows the life of a young German woman, married to a soldier in the waning days of WWII. Fassbinder has tried to show the gritty life after the end of WWII and the turmoil of the people trapped in its wake.

    - Written by Neel V Kumar <neelvk@iname.com>
  • Maria is married in the last days of World War II and spent an afternoon and a night with her husband Hermann before he went off to fight. With the war over, she spends her days at the railway looking for her husband. Daily survival is a challenge and Maria takes up with an American sergeant who is more than happy to provide her and her family with the basic necessities. When she's told her husband is dead she refuses to believe it. In her own way, she is quite loyal to her husband, patiently waiting for his return. It will be many years however before they come together and then fate takes its own course.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

    - Written by Karl Krejci


The film opens with a portrait of Adolf Hitler hanging on a brick wall. Suddenly an explosion blows a hole through the wall and inside is Maria Braun (Hanna Schygulla) and Hermann Braun (Klaus Lowitsch) about to get married...

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