THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The story acts as an allegory for Germany after the war, using the story
of a young German woman Maria Braun the innocent who becomes a
cold-hearted cynic in the post-war industrial economic rebuilding. Her
free-spirited and slightly amoral character only works for total
financial success. She rebuilds in a cold and calculating method. In the
film's ending, Braun is the victim of her own inability to have emotion.
Fassbinder died at the age of 37 four years after making this film. His
death is often considered to mark the end of the New German Cinema.