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My Sister Maria (2002)

Meine Schwester Maria (original title)
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.


Maximilian Schell


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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Schell ... Herself
Maximilian Schell ... Himself
Gerhard Hannak Gerhard Hannak ... Himself
Harry Stuhlhofer Harry Stuhlhofer ... Himself
Elke Münzer Elke Münzer ... Herself
Egon Münzer Egon Münzer ... Himself
Gusti Münzer Gusti Münzer ... Herself
Falko Skrabal Falko Skrabal ... Himself (as Prof. Falko Skrabal)
Nastassja Schell Nastassja Schell ... Herself (as Nasti Schell)
Rochus Münzer Rochus Münzer ... Himself
Max Münzer Max Münzer ... Himself
Gitti Münzer Gitti Münzer ... Herself
Chrystal Höller Chrystal Höller ... Herself
Eligius Engelmayer Eligius Engelmayer
Heide Spitzer Heide Spitzer


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma soeur Maria See more »

Filming Locations:

Graz, Styria, Austria See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Edited from Maresi (1948) See more »


Concerto BWV 1042 in E major
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A brilliant, wonderful film!
11 June 2003 | by rainbow-10See all my reviews

Maximilian Schell does a superb job with this beautiful documentary about his sister, the renowned actress Maria Schell. Very personal and touching yet with a universal appeal. Brilliant and well-worth a watch! You will love this film.

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