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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
Volker Spengler ...
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

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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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The Marriage of Maria Braun  »

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Budget:

DEM 1,975,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,942,838 (Sweden)
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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

Karl Oswald: I feel like a schoolboy.
Maria Braun: Because you are. A dear, dumb little schoolboy.
Karl Oswald: Why didn't you want to go?
Maria Braun: You would've proposed to me.
Karl Oswald: Right. Is that why - How did you know?
Maria Braun: I know all about schoolboys.
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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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Most effective entry in Fassbinder's Wirtschaftswunder Trilogy
2 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First and best of Fassbinder's Post-WWII "Wirtschaftswunder" films. His lead character, a young woman, determined to emerge out of Germany's WWII ruins as a success, literally "walks over corpses" to get what she wants. Marrying a man doomed to be among the last to "fall" for the Fuehrer and the German Reich, Maria is now "Frau" instead of "Fraulein". Initially searching for her MIA husband, she eventually gives it up and moves on. Climbing the ladder, Maria Braun has her share of good times. Showering her impoverished family with lavish presents and lifting everyone's life-style up by a notch, Maria becomes the celebrated "Wunderkind" who gets whatever she wants. Although her uppity attitude isn't always popular, and there is plenty of talk about Maria (and her "ways"), Maria Braun laughs it all away. The Marlene Dietrich-like heroine always has the last laugh, as the shocking ending proves.

This is a Modern Classic, one of the very best films to come out of the 1970s/80s German Cinema. Much stronger than "Veronica Foss" and in the league of "Das Boot", "The Marriage of Maria Braun" is a product of Modern German Dramatic Cinema's golden age. No sugar coating, just pure, unadulterated truth as seen through the rear-view mirror of people who have lived the horrors and survived into new tomorrows. A true gem of a film!


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