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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:
Post-War Germany Up Close and Personal 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:
[Maria commenting on her new hairdo]
Maria Braun:I look like a poodle.
Betti Klenze:You think so? It's the latest thing.
Maria Braun:I'll bet the Americans are crazy about poodles.
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Soundtrack:
Moonlight SerenadeSee more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Post-War Germany Up Close and Personal, 11 August 2003
Author: Winterble from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Having heard of this film for years, I didn't see it until 2003! Perhaps it's just as well that I waited. It is one of the finest films of its type -- post WW2 in Germany -- that I've ever seen; perhaps on balance the finest.

It seems to me that rather than being a cynical portrayal of those difficult years, it is more truthful and revelatory in a deep way. I imagine that no one other than those who lived then can begin to tell the story, which is why Fassbinder has tried on our behalf -- to try to convey to us the angst, the frustrations, the sadness, the insanity, the querulousness, the fragile hope of that era.

I find the story very sad, of course, because in my early-21st century psyche I'm more tuned into the love story than I am the tale of the sociology and social psychology of an era that occurred when I was very young. It seems to me that if one views the characters as representatives of some of the major "world views" obtaining during the reconstruction period, one sees a few of the many different human reactions there can be to such an experience: Many feel burned out and can't feel hope any longer; others, like Maria, feel there is at least money and position to be gained under the new dispensation; some simply don't care; others try to feed off the experience without contributing; and so on and so forth.

It also occurred to me that, at age 60, I may be in a position to appreciate this film more, and certainly to be more understanding of and sympathetic with the characters/types portrayed. I found each of them to have an important story to tell, whether it was a "good" story or not. And the character of the Black US Army Sergeant, while tragic at the end, was itself an essay in human relations that has to embarrass most Americans -- the fleeting moments when he and Maria found joy and pleasant times together were just wonderful to behold, and an indictment of our sad history in that regard.

View it and see what you think!

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