deSlang presents | BLUE RASCAL CINEMA | THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN | Nov 12

THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN   1979
(Die Ehe der Maria Braun)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
120 minutes
In German with English subtitles

This film is Fassbinder’s transition into melodrama, and is perhaps the masterwork of his entire career. On one level it follows the dramatic life of the title character, and on another level it charts the history of Germany from WWII through the 50s, depicting post-war Germany as a land of repressed memory and surging capitalism, repressively avoiding any connection to the horrors of its recent Nazi past.

6675874,property=imageData,v=3,CmPart=com.arte-tv.wwwBeautifully shot by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (who went on to make films with Scorsese and Coppola), it stars Hanna Schygulla in her signature role as the tough and sensual Maria Braun, a woman who marries a soldier in the middle of World War II and spends a half day and the whole night with him. That’s how long her marriage lasts before he goes missing in the war. She laments his death, but decides to go on with her life during the 1950s. The film follows her as she reinvents herself through ruthless opportunism, seduction, and blind ambition–a woman, like Germany, determined to forget her miserable past, with explosively tragic results. A real treasure of a film… both deep in meaning and wonderfully crafted.

BLUE RASCAL CINEMA @ De Slang
Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00
Entrance: Free

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