I’ve been wanting to watch his films for a while now, and started with The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972) last week, and The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) yesterday. Both were Criterion Collection (CC) discs, with Bitter Tears a brand new CC release, though Netflix sent me disc 1, and all of the supplements are on disc 2. Maria Braun had all supplements intact, including audio commentary by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders, which I listened to the second time around.
Maria Braun is the first in Fassbinder’s BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) trilogy, and also stars Hanna Schygulla, who gives an interview on the CC disc.
Hanna Schygulla stars in many of his films, and she’s in Bitter Tears and Maria Braun. In the interview on the CC disc, she tells of the four years when she walked away from Fassbinder and filmmaking, until she got a call from him which went something like Hi, it’s Rainer, Rainer?, I don’t know any Rainers, It’s Rainer, Rainer! Oh, Werner, and thus she came onboard The Marriage of Maria Braun.
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972)