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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)  »

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

Karl Oswald: You're cynical.
Maria Braun: Maybe I am.
Karl Oswald: You're bored with me.
Maria Braun: Maybe I am bored with you.
Karl Oswald: Why don't we just leave?
Maria Braun: Because you're well brought up and I pretend I am.
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After the introductory credits there is a line: 'fuer Peter Zadek'. 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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