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The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

Die Ehe der Maria Braun (original title)
A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Hermann Braun
Ivan Desny ...
Gisela Uhlen ...
Mother
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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>

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

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Release Date:

23 March 1979 (West Germany)  »

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Budget:

DEM 1,975,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

[Maria Braun visits the first-class section of a train]
Maria Braun: Ever notice how tiny the rest rooms are? I thought they'd be bigger in first class - fatter people.
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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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Allegory
15 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While it's never less than interesting, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's allegory about the post-war economic German Miracle is somewhat slow and stifling, designed to constantly remind the viewer that an allegory is indeed what it is and to discount the notions of love that the writers (there are several, including Fassbinder) push to the fore. Hanna Schygulla is good as the lead symbol, a war bride whose calculated sexual aggressiveness (a symbol of West Germany's rapaciousness) brings her to prominence in industry while she pines for her husband, who is imprisoned for murder. The points Fassbinder's trying to make are a bit obtuse and perhaps not designed for American viewers (those are his prerogatives, after all) but the early scenes of the country immediately after the war are fascinating and he's aided immensely by the great Michael Ballhaus' restless camera. After prosperity begins, Fassbinder relies more on words and the visuals become more traditional and blander and it's also here where the melodrama escalates, sometimes pretentiously.


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