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  • Actress Hanna Schygulla sits in a darkened room, lit by small orange lamps.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s

12:30   7:05

Friday, May 10

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(1978) “Knowing in advance that Fassbinder considers the institution of marriage to be the most insidious trap that mankind has yet devised for itself doesn't prepare you for The Marriage of Maria Braun. It opens in 1943 as an air raid hits Maria and Hermann Braun's wedding ceremony, and closes with another explosion, highly ambiguous in effect and implication. In between, Hermann goes missing on the Russian front, serves years in jail, and emigrates to the States, while Maria sails through unruffled, acquiring wealth and position pending his return. It is at once Fassbinder's most conventional and elusive film: that final explosion keeps ricocheting long after it's over.” – Tony Rayns, Time Out. 35mm. Approx. 120 min.

Part of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy.