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

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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

Part of the BRD Trilogy along with Veronika Voss (1982) and Lola (1981). "BRD" stands for Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the official name of West Germany and of the united contemporary Germany, period in which those three stories takes place. See more »

Quotes

Mother: He kept me warm on those cold nights after the war.
Wetzel: Oh, really?
Mother: He always brought me firewood.
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Crazy Credits

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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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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Allegory of Postwar Germany
8 November 1999 | by (Watsonville, California) – See all my reviews

Alright already, get over it, was Handke's comment to the 1968 meeting of the Gruppe 48 -- those writers who wanted to "heal" from the war. Well Fassbinder doesn't want to heal, he wants to indict. And this movie, probably his most accessible, takes a woman as the symbol for the nation-- a theme common to prehistoric oral literature, particularly among the Irish, made famous by Grimmelshausen's Mother Courage and updated by Brecht's play. But in this version, instead of the tragic Mother trying to save her children and mourning them, Maria Braun sells out for comfort from collaboration with the Nazi's through the economic wonder "Wirtschaftswunder" of the cold war. This was Fassbinder's big hit, because he toned down his politics both sexual and marxist, to focus on the loss of soul that Germany experienced. It was also Hanna Schygulla's Oscar worthy performance, probably one of her best of many great ones. Like little Oskar from the Tin Drum, Maria Braun was stunted by the experience, only on the inside.


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