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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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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

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

23 March 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Budget:

DEM 1,975,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Was chosen by Premiere magazine as one of the "100 Movies That Shook the World" in the October 1998 issue. The list ranked the most "daring movies ever made." See more »

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Karl Oswald: You're cynical.
Maria Braun: Maybe I am.
Karl Oswald: You're bored with me.
Maria Braun: Maybe I am bored with you.
Karl Oswald: Why don't we just leave?
Maria Braun: Because you're well brought up and I pretend I am.
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Post-War Germany Up Close and Personal
11 August 2003 | by WinterbleSee all my reviews

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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