The Marriage Of Maria Braun (1979): What a year for german film! Nosferatu The Vampyre, The Tin Drum, The Third Generation... and this. The one that made the amazing Hanna Schygulla a star in Germany and abroad. The one that could've been Fassbinder's entry to great international success hadn't he died three years later. But what a movie this is: torn apart by war and the sheer will to survive, Schygulla's Maria Braun becomes a master of precision and emotional suppression as she climbs up the ladder of the new german republic about to rise from the ashes of the 3rd Reich like a phoenix. "It's a bad time to have feelings", she says at one point and perfectly captures what this movie is about, at least partially. It's such an artificial piece at times (and intentionally so), you just can't help but be totally mesmerized by every second of it. The soundscape consists of various layers of dialogue, the noise of steam hammers, german schlagers and original radio transmissions, creating a really eerie, unique atmosphere. One of those works that really show what film can do if done the right way. Must-watch!