Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Starring: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny Running time: 120 mins
Subject: World War II plucks Maria Braun’s husband from her freshly be-ringed fingers which is good for the plot as it forces the assertive sexpot to make a bid for the independence she was born to achieve. Armed with the same beauty that drove Petra von Kant to bitter tears and a shrewd business head, Maria has few problems surviving. Not being a dick is where she struggles.
Some folks reckon: Maria is a symbol for Germany itself.
Like: Working Girl infused with stark Germanic themes and Fassbinder’s typically beautiful composition.
Lots of: Sexy clothes and sexy nudity.
Core truth: Survival of the fittest.