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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
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Mother
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Betti Klenze
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Hark Bohm ...
Senkenberg
George Eagles ...
Bill (as George Byrd)
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Doctor
Günter Lamprecht ...
Hans Wetzel (as Günther Lamprecht)
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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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23 March 1979 (West Germany)  »

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DEM 1,975,000 (estimated)
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(Fujicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Quotes

[Maria commenting on her new hairdo]
Maria Braun: I look like a poodle.
Betti Klenze: You think so? It's the latest thing.
Maria Braun: I'll bet the Americans are crazy about poodles.
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After the introductory credits there is a line: 'fuer Peter Zadek'. See more »

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Featured in La maison Fassbinder (2005) See more »

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In The Mood
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An intelligent but strangely lifeless allegorical work
14 June 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A woman uses every means possible to survive hardship in post-war West Germany. In doing so she becomes financially successful but loses her soul in the process.

The Marriage of Maria Braun is a film that operates on two different levels. On the one hand in can be seen as a look at one woman's struggle against adversity in the hardships of the post war years. While on another, the film can clearly be read as a critique of the way the new Germany forgot it's awful past and sold it's soul in order to prosper in what would become known as the German Economic Miracle. This latter reading can be determined by reading the main narrative as an allegory in which Maria Braun represents the new Germany. She begins by prostituting herself to the Americans and ends very wealthy but emotionally dead; she forgets her past quickly in order to concentrate on her future.

There is no doubt that Rainer Werner Fassbinder put together a clever allegorical film here. And there is also no doubt that Hanna Schygula is very good in the lead role. But I did have difficulty with empathising with the people in this story, as none of them were particularly likable. Perhaps that was the point of course. But, whatever the case, the film left me cold unfortunately.


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