A Rainer Werner Fassbinder film also known as “The Marriage Of Maria Braun”. This movie follows the life of a young German woman, married to a soldier in the waning days of WWII. Fassbinder has tried to show the gritty life after the end of WWII and the turmoil of the people trapped in its wake, and like always with brilliant writing.
Braun (Hanna Schygulla) is working at a bar for American GI’s and even after she hears from a fellow soldier that Hermann has died, will still stand by him as she sleeps with a black GI and comes close to bearing his child, but then her husband (Klaus Löwitsch) reappears and a murder occurs, he takes the rap so she can be safe. Later she works for a German businessman (Ivan Desny) and becomes his sometimes mistress and rising star in the company. Maria will do whatever it takes to be successful, but she’ll always be married.
Karl Oswald: You were different last night.
Maria Braun: Last night I slept with you. Today I’m working for you.
Karl Oswald: Afraid someone will think we’re having an affair?
Maria Braun: I don’t care what people think. I do care what you think. And you’re not having an affair with me. I’m having an affair with you.