Sunday, April 13, 2014

German actress Hanna Schygulla

Hanna Schygulla is an actress whose beauty is as edgy as many of the movies she's made.  

Her most famous role may be the title role in 1978's The Marriage of Maria Braun, about a German woman who marries a Wehrmacht soldier during World War II and who remains devoted to her husband through a twisted series of affairs after the war.  Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, it's one of those movies that can never be adequately described.  You have to see it for yourself.

She's done other high-art movies in Germany, such as 1974's Effi Briest (also directed by Fassbinder), based on a novel about a young woman married off to an aristocrat, and she's even done Hollywood fare like The Delta Force, as a stewardess on a hijacked plane. 

A resident of Paris since 1981, Hanna Schygulla has pursued a second career as a chansons singer.

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