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The Marriage of Maria Braun Details

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The film that elevated German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder from domestic approbation to international acclaim, The Marriage of Maria Braun stars the director's on-and-off favorite actress Hanna Schygulla in the title role. During the allied siege of Germany in the last year of the war, Maria's new husband (Klaus Löwitsch) is shipped off to the Russian front before the marriage is consummated. As she struggles to survive wartime deprivations, Maria haunts the local train station, seeking out information concerning her husband. When it appears that she's a widow, Maria takes a job as a barmaid and befriends a black soldier (George Byrd) from the occupying allied troops, who sees to it that Maria's family receives vital food and supplies. The opportunistic Maria eventually takes a job with a wealthy importer (Ivan Desny), building herself up to a position of power and indispensability. Though she sleeps with her employer, Maria still carries a torch for her husband. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 20, 1979

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Hanna Schygulla Silver Bear for Best Actress 1979 Winner
German Federal Ministry of the Interior Gisela Uhlen Bundesfilmpreis - Best Supporting Actress 1979 Winner

Cast

Hanna Schygulla
as Maria Braun
Klaus Löwitsch
as Hermann Braun
Ivan Desny
as Oswald
Gottfried John
as Willi
Gisela Uhlen
as Mother
George Byrd
as Bill
Elisabeth Trissenaar
as Betti
Michael Ballhaus
as Anwalt
Isolde Barth
as Vevi
Peter Berling
as Bronski
Rolf Buhrmann
Liselotte Eder
as Frau Ehmcke
Claus Holm
as Doctor
Sonja Neudorfer
as Red Cross Nurse
Norbert Scherer
Volker Spengler
as Conductor
Karl-Heinz von Hassel
as Lawyer
Hannes Kaetner
as Justice of the Peace
Lilo Pempeit
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
as Peddler
Bruce Low
as American GI
Liselotte Eder
as Frau Ehmcke
Hannes Kaetner
as Justice of the Peace
Michael Ballhaus
as Anwalt
Peter Berling
as Bronski
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
as Peddler
Isolde Barth
as Vevi
Sonja Neudorfer
as Red Cross Nurse
Karl-Heinz von Hassel
as Lawyer
Claus Holm
as Doctor
Volker Spengler
as Conductor

Crew

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Director
Michael Fengler
Producer
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Peer Raben
Composer (Music Score)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Editor
Juliane Lorenz
Editor
Franz Walsch
Editor
Norbert Scherer
Production Designer
Barbara Baum
Costume Designer
Milan Bor
Sound/Sound Designer
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