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Meine Schwester Maria (2002)

Unrated | | Documentary, Drama | 1 March 2002 (Austria)
A gentle portrait by the famous German-Swiss-Austrian Hollywood actor Maximilian Schell about his no less famous sister Maria.

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(text "Brief an Maria") (as Natasha Schell), | 1 more credit »

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Gerhard Hannak ...
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Harry Stuhlhofer ...
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Elke Münzer ...
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Egon Münzer ...
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Gusti Münzer ...
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Falko Skrabal ...
Himself (as Prof. Falko Skrabal)
Nastassja Schell ...
Herself (as Nasti Schell)
Rochus Münzer ...
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Max Münzer ...
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Gitti Münzer ...
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Chrystal Höller ...
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Eligius Engelmayer
Heide Spitzer
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Maria Schell: a glamorous name, a dream career, a tragic fate. Her career represents a fascinating chapter in German and international film history with compelling episodes and encounters with famous artist colleagues. Memories of global successes become faint: DIE RATTEN (THE RATS), WEISSE NÄCHTE (WHITE NIGHTS), DIE BRÜDER KARAMASOW (THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV). And then later the all too familiar pattern: The difficulties when a star used to success is forced to find a new role, when offers fail to materialize and the public's interest wanes; how does that often sought euphemism go: «with her [...] things have been somewhat quieter recently». Then the breakdown in her private life, calls for help, alarm signals. «The first death»: that's what Maria Schell calls her act of desperation from 1991. MY SISTER MARIA is meant to take inspiration from his famous Oscar-nominated documentary film MARLENE. A remarkable portrait of Marlene Dietrich, who allowed him to interview her with audio tape ...

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1 March 2002 (Austria)  »

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Ma soeur Maria  »

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Edited from Nineteen Nineteen (1985) See more »

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Concerto BWV 1041 in A minor
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Maria Schell -- At the End
14 August 2014 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

Maria Schell a famous Austrian actress is filmed at the age of 75 having suffered possibly a stroke living in her ancestral home.

This is a semi staged documentary highlighting problems in the last years of her life--her mental dementia foremost--but also her being broke and spending her time ordering expensive items advertised on television---she has 11 television sets on which at least according to the documentary she watches her old movies.

Her brother apparently wealthy and also a famous actor steps in and manages her life as creditors close in.

There are lots of film clips.

This is clearly a movie for fans of the actress. I had never heard of her and her very limited mental abilities allow nothing but the shallowest conversation. But it is still touching and sad.

Don't Recommend unless you know this actress


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