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The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978)

Die Ehe der Maria Braun (original title)
A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

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Pea Fröhlich (screenplay), Peter Märthesheimer (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanna Schygulla ... Maria Braun
Klaus Löwitsch ... Hermann Braun
Ivan Desny ... Karl Oswald
Gisela Uhlen Gisela Uhlen ... Mother
Elisabeth Trissenaar ... Betti Klenze
Gottfried John ... Willi Klenze
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Senkenberg
George Eagles George Eagles ... Bill (as George Byrd)
Claus Holm ... Doctor
Günter Lamprecht Günter Lamprecht ... Hans Wetzel (as Günther Lamprecht)
Anton Schiersner Anton Schiersner ... Grandpa Berger
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ... Frau Ehmke
Sonja Neudorfer Sonja Neudorfer ... Red Cross nurse
Volker Spengler ... Train conductor
Isolde Barth ... Vevi
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Storyline

This movie follows the life of a young German woman, married to a soldier in the waning days of WWII. Fassbinder has tried to show the gritty life after the end of WWII and the turmoil of the people trapped in its wake. Written by Neel V Kumar <neelvk@iname.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Marriage Of Maria Braun. . . the marriage lasted no longer than half a day and a full night.

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

23 March 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Marriage of Maria Braun See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Budget:

DEM 1,975,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

For the last seven minutes of the film, the last seven minutes of the 1954 World Cup final in Berne between Germany and Hungary is heard above and behind the Maria-Hermann dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Karl Oswald: We're businessmen, not bookkeepers.
Senkenberg: I beg your pardon. I am a bookkeeper.
Karl Oswald: Sorry.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits the following persons are 'credited' by their picture: Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard, Kurt Georg Kiesinger and Helmut Schmidt and a disconnected phone line can be heard. See more »

Connections

Followed by Veronika Voss (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 23 (Adagio)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played when Maria Braun, Karl Oswald and Sendenberg have dinner together.
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Fraulein Mildred Pierce
13 October 1999 | by TipuSee all my reviews

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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