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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

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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

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German | English | French

Release Date:

23 March 1979 (West Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Budget:

DEM 1,975,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Maria Braun: She shares my food and my lies. But she lets me do all the thinking.
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Most effective entry in Fassbinder's Wirtschaftswunder Trilogy
2 October 2004 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

First and best of Fassbinder's Post-WWII "Wirtschaftswunder" films. His lead character, a young woman, determined to emerge out of Germany's WWII ruins as a success, literally "walks over corpses" to get what she wants. Marrying a man doomed to be among the last to "fall" for the Fuehrer and the German Reich, Maria is now "Frau" instead of "Fraulein". Initially searching for her MIA husband, she eventually gives it up and moves on. Climbing the ladder, Maria Braun has her share of good times. Showering her impoverished family with lavish presents and lifting everyone's life-style up by a notch, Maria becomes the celebrated "Wunderkind" who gets whatever she wants. Although her uppity attitude isn't always popular, and there is plenty of talk about Maria (and her "ways"), Maria Braun laughs it all away. The Marlene Dietrich-like heroine always has the last laugh, as the shocking ending proves.

This is a Modern Classic, one of the very best films to come out of the 1970s/80s German Cinema. Much stronger than "Veronica Foss" and in the league of "Das Boot", "The Marriage of Maria Braun" is a product of Modern German Dramatic Cinema's golden age. No sugar coating, just pure, unadulterated truth as seen through the rear-view mirror of people who have lived the horrors and survived into new tomorrows. A true gem of a film!


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