Leaving for the Russian front just after his marriage, Hermann Braun is reported missing, while his wife Maria becomes a trainer in a bar for GIs. There she meets Bill, a black soldier with whom she becomes pregnant. Hermann reappears and surprises them in the same bed. Maria kills Bill, but it is Hermann who is imprisoned for ten years...
Fassbinder's public recognition, in Germany and France, did not come until late, at the end of the 1970s, with his thirty-third feature film, The Marriage of Maria Braun . It is also the first part of a trilogy on Germany in the 1950s, that of Adenauer, reconstruction and the economic miracle. The pinnacle of the filmmaker's last period, The Marriage of Maria Braun is a magnificent tribute to Hollywood melodrama, in particular to the master of Fassbinder: Douglas Sirk.
MARIA BRAUN'S WEDDING (1978 – Colors – 121 mins) SUPPLEMENTS
.THE GERMAN TRILOGY (30mn) Three films, and three heroines in Germany from 1943 to 1958. An analysis of these mixed destinies, led by Marielle SILHOUETTE, Nicole BRENEZ and Cédric ANGER.
.HANNA, A GERMAN WOMAN (15mn) Hanna SCHYGULLA talks about the character of Maria Braun and her work with RW FASSBINDER.
. THE FASSBINDER HOUSE (25mn ) " I would like to build a house with my films " said Fassbinder. How is this image reflected in "The Marriage of Maria Braun"? An analysis by Patrick STRAUMANN, journalist.