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The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
"Die Ehe der Maria Braun" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  23 March 1979 (West Germany)
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A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Klaus Löwitsch ...
Hermann Braun
Ivan Desny ...
Gisela Uhlen ...
Mother
Elisabeth Trissenaar ...
Betti Klenze
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Hark Bohm ...
Senkenberg
George Eagles ...
Bill (as George Byrd)
Claus Holm ...
Doctor
Günter Lamprecht ...
Hans Wetzel (as Günther Lamprecht)
Anton Schiersner ...
Grandpa Berger
Lilo Pempeit ...
Frau Ehmke
Sonja Neudorfer ...
Red Cross nurse
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Train conductor
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Storyline

This movie follows the life of a young German woman, married to a soldier in the waning days of WWII. Fassbinder has tried to show the gritty life after the end of WWII and the turmoil of the people trapped in its wake. Written by Neel V Kumar <neelvk@iname.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Marriage Of Maria Braun. . . the marriage lasted no longer than half a day and a full night.

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Drama

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Release Date:

23 March 1979 (West Germany)  »

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The Marriage of Maria Braun  »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 1,975,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,942,838 (Sweden)
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1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Mother: It's wrong to give all your love to only one person, Grandpa. If you don't have potatoes, you eat turnips. When the turnips are gone, you eat gruel. But every girl loves her one and only. He goes to war; five months later he's dead, and you mourn the rest of your life. Does that make sense to you, Grandpa? It drowns you.
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At the very end of the credits the following persons are 'credited' by their picture: Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard, Kurt Georg Kiesinger and Helmut Schmidt and a disconnected phone line can be heard. See more »

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bad times for feelings
29 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

A complex, pessimistic tale of post WWII Germany, this is one of Fassbinder's masterpieces that brings a step beyond the classic melodrama form articulated by Douglas Sirk. When Hanna Schygulla says to her husband in prison `this are bad times for feelings' it is Fassbinder saying that in the seventies cinema there's no place for the classic melodrama of the 40s and 50s, unless all the craze that then was suggested now turns somehow more explicit. Fassbinder has a quality of elevating low elements into the realms of High Art, not only through the services of his personal use of the camera, but also through an admirable compassion towards his material.


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