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Writers:
Pea Fröhlich (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
23 March 1979 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Marriage Of Maria Braun. . . the marriage lasted no longer than half a day and a full night.
Plot:
A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Most effective entry in Fassbinder's Wirtschaftswunder Trilogy See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Hanna Schygulla ... Maria Braun
Klaus Löwitsch ... Hermann Braun
Ivan Desny ... Karl Oswald
Gisela Uhlen ... Mother
Elisabeth Trissenaar ... Betti Klenze

Gottfried John ... Willi Klenze
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

Isolde Barth ... Vevi
Bruce Low ... American at conference
Günther Kaufmann ... American on train
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Prosecuting counsel
Kristine De Loup ... Notary (as Kristine de Loup)
Hannes Kaetner ... Justice of the Peace

Michael Ballhaus ... Counsel
Barbara Baum
Peter Berling ... Bronski
Rolf Bührmann ... Warden

Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Peddler
Martin Häussler ... Reporter
Horst-Dieter Klock ... Gentleman With Car
Georg Kuhn
Norbert Scherer ... Warden
Andreas Willim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Glogau ... Warden (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
 
Writing credits
Pea Fröhlich (screenplay) and
Peter Märthesheimer (screenplay)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (idea)

Pea Fröhlich (dialogue) and
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (dialogue) and
Peter Märthesheimer (dialogue)

Kurt Raab  uncredited

Produced by
Wolf-Dietrich Brücker .... producer
Volker Canaris .... producer
Hanns Eckelkamp .... co-producer
Michael Fengler .... producer: Albatros-Produktion
 
Original Music by
Peer Raben 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
 
Film Editing by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder  (as Franz Walsch)
Juliane Lorenz 
 
Production Design by
Norbert Scherer 
 
Set Decoration by
Arno Mathes 
Hans-Peter Sandmeier  (as Hans Sandmeier)
Andreas Willim 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Baum 
 
Makeup Department
Anni Nöbauer .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Harry Baer .... production manager (as Harry Zöttl)
Martin Häussler .... production manager
Thomas Wommer .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rolf Bührmann .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Georg Borgel .... props
Claus Kottmann .... props
 
Sound Department
Milan Bor .... sound
John Salter .... sound assistant
Jim Willis .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ekkehard Heinrich .... gaffer
Hans-Juergen Hoepflinger .... gaffer (as Hans-Jürgen Höpflinger)
Horst Knechtel .... assistant camera
Raimund Wirner .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Georg Kuhn .... wardrobe
Inge Proeller .... wardrobe (as Ingeborg Pröller)
Susi Reichel .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Christiane Kolenc .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Daniel Ambach .... music assistant
Kurt Maas .... music assistant
 
Transportation Department
Karl Willim .... driver
 
Other crew
Helga Beyer .... script supervisor
Robert Busch .... production assistant
Dieter Dubine .... location manager
Christine Fall .... production secretary
Jochen Losse .... production coordinator
Ulrike Bode .... assistant: producer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Peter Zadek .... dedicatee
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die Ehe der Maria Braun" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
120 min
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Color (Fujicolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-12 (re-rating) | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) (2004) | Iceland:12 | Singapore:R(A) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Rainer Werner Fassbinder]Peddler who sells Maria the black dressSee more »
Quotes:
Maria Braun:And Annelise - what's she like?
Willi Klenze:She's what a man needs, someone who is his equal. She can talk, think - my equal in every way.
Maria Braun:So you think women have to be men's equal?
Willi Klenze:Sure, except most men aren't conscious of it yet. 'Consciousness lags behind reality.'
Maria Braun:Did Annelise say that?
Willi Klenze:Why?
Maria Braun:You'll wish you had your Betti back.
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Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto No. 23 (Adagio)See more »

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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Most effective entry in Fassbinder's Wirtschaftswunder Trilogy, 2 October 2004
Author: mdm-11 from United States

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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