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The Marriage of Maria Braun opens with a painting of Hitler hanging on a wall An explosion suddenly falls in the wall and our main characters Maria and Hermann are progressing the wedding ceremony inside The film ends with another explosion that takes Marias life Maria Brawn dies in the gas explosion where she had left the gas knob turned on from lighting a previous cigarette The director leaves the audience in suspense whether she committed suicide or died accidently This is an open question Even through Maria might be too careless to forget turn the gas off it is more likely to lead to her non-accidental suicide I believe this because Maria has sufficient suicidal ideation to take her own life according to three scenes in the film Remember at the beginning of the movie she is so determined to marry Hermann under the threat of bombs and war fire When their Priest attempts to leave because it is too dangerous to stay there Maria and Hermann go so far as to ask Priest sign their marriage license on the ground under bombs which shows their strong willingness to be a couple This also tells that Maria is ready to die for their marriage Move the camera to the murder of the US solder Bill who has close relationship with Maria when Hermann finds that her wife and a black man are preparing to make love Bill and Hermann fight each other Maria grabs a bottle and hits Bills head deadly Maria kills Bill to protect Hermann without hesitation showing her loyalty to her husband As a woman she bravely grabs the bottle and takes the risk of being a criminal We know she is steady in her marriage with sacrificial loveThen Hermann returns after Oswalds death and Maria learns of the secret agreement between Hermann and Oswald What she had worked hard for the reunion between Maria and Hermann is just a contractual
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