THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay by Peter Marthesheimer and Pia Frohlich
One thing is certain about Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the most prolific of West Germany's New Wave film makers, his movies could not be mistaken for those of any other contemporary director. Who but Fassbinder would shoot a scene from the point of view of a character's ankles, or punctuate a film with shots of telephones? What is more, Fassbinder's idiosyncrasies are more skillfully performed with each film. The opening of The Marriage of Maria Braun is a particular gem: as our eyes take in an Adolf...