A completely, utterly retro outfit, that reminds me of Fassbinder’s movie “The Marriage of Maria Braun”, which I liked a lot (probably because of the little veil).
The movie is set during the Second World War, as signalled by the dropping of bombs in the background and starts with the wedding of a German couple, Maria and Hermann.
The movie ends about a decade later, in reality Maria and Hermann never live together. He is sent to fight, declared dead, imprisoned for a murder he never committed and finally on a spiritual voyage. She is alone and poor but animated by an all-consuming ambition and a desire for social and material ascension.
The movie starts with bombings and finishes with an explosion.
In no way is it a joyful love story. It’s the story of Post-WW2 Germany. Maria incarnates her country: they are both deprived, impoverished, drained by the end of the war but nonetheless obsessed by a purely material reconstruction. Both are equally ferocious when it comes to survival and desire for prosperity or when it comes to a desire to forget the past, the pain and the shame.
Hannah Schygulla plays Maria – and by extension Germany – beautifully. She embraces and embodies toughness, vain material successes, compromise, disappointment and failure.
Prada dress – Marni coat – Gucci handbag – Vintage bibi hat – Giuseppe Zanotti heels