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The Marriage of Maria Braun
Cast:Hanna Schygulla, laus Lowitsch, and Ivan Desny
Credits:Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (German with English Subtitles).

Fassbinder's biggest international box-office success is at once a naunced and melodramatic study of an unconquerable woman and his most effective metamorphoral onslaught of Germany's "Economic of Miracle" of the 1950's. An attack on the isnstitution of marriage, "the terminal point of bourgeois lifestyle" (RWF), the story is filled with superbly conceived comic and soap opera moments, with Schygulla Shining in the role that brought her the 1979 Best Actress Award (Berlin). The producers had wanted Romy Schneider for the part, but a meeting between director and star ended with him calling her a "dumb cow," and she declaring that she would never work with such a "beast."

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