With actors Hanna Schygulla and Klaus Löwitsch
available on DVD with English subtitles
Hermann and Maria Braun’s marriage lasts only one day and one night before Hermann is called to the front. After the war he is reported missing. Yet Maria believes he is still alive. Maria becomes the mistress of a GI whom she accidentally kills when Hermann returns unexpectedly.
Hermann answers for the killing and goes to jail in her stead. While he is away she makes a successful career in the economic boom of postwar Germany. At the height of her success, Maria, Hermann, their house and worldly goods are destroyed in an explosion.
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