Essential Cinema: The Bitter Tears of Rainer Werner Fassbinder


Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Germany, 1979, 2h 0min, 35mm, In German with English Subtitles

Essential Cinema  The Bitter Tears of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Lead actress Hannah Schygulla creates nothing less than a masterpiece in her performance of Maria Braun, a self-made woman who builds a new life out of the rubble of World War II, riding the wave of Germany’s post-war economic growth. Fassbinder was driven to make seen what others refused to look at, and his country’s soul in the post-war period was ripe for the picking. The eager forgetfulness of the immediate past sets the stage for the MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (1978), which was followed in Fassbinder’s post-war “BRD Trilogy” by the films LOLA and VERONIKA VOSS, which also featured female heroines.


This series celebrates the prolific master of New German Cinema and his razor-sharp gaze at culture and society across genre and style. Presented in conjunction with the restoration of his series of TV films, EIGHT HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY.

Ehe Der Maria Braun, Die / Marriage Of Maria Braun, The

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