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Release Date:
23 March 1979 (West Germany) See more »
The Marriage Of Maria Braun. . . the marriage lasted no longer than half a day and a full night.
A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (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)
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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120 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [Rainer Werner Fassbinder]Peddler who sells Maria the black dressSee more »
Karl Oswald:Senkenberg's basically a good fellow, and so am I.
Maria Braun:I'm not.
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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fraulein Mildred Pierce, 13 October 1999
Author: Dibyaduti Purkayastha ( from New Delhi, India

There is a strong resemblance of 'Maria Braun' to Curtiz' noirish 'Mildred Pierce'. While Mildred rebuilds her life after a personal tragedy, so does Maria, albeit in the backdrop of the post-war German economic disaster. Just as Mildred's loyalty was to her daughter, for Maria it was her husband Hermann (her man?). The two make sacrifices for each other hoping to build a better life for themselves. The major difference is that Maria's husband is a much more sympathetic character than Mildred's daughter, which robs the movie of some tension. Of course since Maria herself is not a very likeable person, one doesn't feel too much for her.

The story in a nutshell is of almost war widow Maria Braun rebuilding her life in post war Germany & rising high on the corporate ladder till she realises that she has given too much of herself for the climb to enjoy the cause she was climbing for.

Standing by itself, I still think this movie will appeal either to European baby boomers or serious students of Fasbinder. The narrative is straight forward & the final TV audio track is a brilliant touch. Hanna Schygulla as Maria gives yet another great performance for Fasbinder.

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