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Writers:
Pea Fröhlich (screenplay) and
Peter Märthesheimer (screenplay) ...
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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:
An intelligent but strangely lifeless allegorical work See more (37 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)

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:
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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 | Netherlands:16 (1979) | Singapore:R(A) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:12 (f)
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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 were different last night.
Maria Braun:Last night I slept with you. Today I'm working for you.
Karl Oswald:Afraid someone will think we're having an affair?
Maria Braun:I don't care what people think. I do care what you think. And you're not having an affair with me. I'm having an affair with you.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in One Hundred and One Nights (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto No. 23 (Adagio)See more »

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An intelligent but strangely lifeless allegorical work, 14 June 2011
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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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