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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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Cast

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Hermann Braun
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Gisela Uhlen ...
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)
Anton Schiersner ...
Grandpa Berger
Lilo Pempeit ...
Frau Ehmke
Sonja Neudorfer ...
Red Cross nurse
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Train conductor
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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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Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 March 1979 (West Germany)  »

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The Marriage of Maria Braun  »

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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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Trivia

For the last seven minutes of the film, the last seven minutes of the 1954 World Cup final in Berne between Germany and Hungary is heard above and behind the Maria-Hermann dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Ehmke: He wants to talk to you.
Maria Braun: I said I wasn't here.
Mrs. Ehmke: (speaking into phone) I'm sorry, she's out of the office.
Maria Braun: I don't want to go to lunch.
Mrs. Ehmke: (speaking into phone) She doesn't want to go to lunch - oh, I'm sorry - Hello? Mr. Oswald?
[Mrs. Ehmke hangs up the phone and starts to cry. Maria Braun starts to laugh]
Maria Braun: What a riot! That's the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. Stop crying now. Call him back and tell him I'm possessed by the devil. He can meet the devil for lunch at 1:00 if he wants.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Fassbinder (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 23 (Adagio)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played when Maria Braun, Karl Oswald and Sendenberg have dinner together.
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A tale of how Germany was rebuilt by women following the horrors of World War Two.
30 November 2004 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

We watched this film in our German Cinema class at university some years ago, and I still remember it well.

Without wishing to give too much away, it tells the tale of a woman who, seeing the desolate landscape that Germany was in 1945, determines to build herself a comfortable life and, as she does so, she becomes one of many women in Germany rebuilding the nation. This was a time, historically, when the women were a greater driving force in the social and economic rebuilding of the nation than were the men (who were both lacking in credibility following the horrors and the mess of the years past, and somewhat dazed by what the nation had just been through).

As she builds that life (and in so doing helps to rebuild the nation), however, she finds that she may have sacrificed too much.

It is a movie worth watching in order to gain some understanding of what life was like in Germany from 1945 to roughly 1970. Rainer Fassbinder makes use of images in places which show the transition of German society from broken ruins to economic superpower, the changing status of women in German society over that time period, the changing attitudes both within Germany and from outside toward Germany, and the sacrifices that women were prepared to make in order to build the Germany that they ultimately did. It also asks, though, if the single-minded pursuit of rebuilding the nation economically and materially did not take too much out of the nation and the people in other areas.

I enjoyed the movie, and am happy to recommend it.


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