Rainer Werner Fassbinder

The Marriage of Maria Braun

The Marriage of Maria Braun

Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only for him to go missing in the war. Alone, Maria puts to use her beauty and ambition in order to find prosperity during Germany’s “economic miracle” of the 1950s. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s biggest international box-office success, The Marriage of Maria Braun is a heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her own life, as well as a pointed metaphorical attack on a society determined to forget its past.

Film Info

  • West Germany
  • 1979
  • 120 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #204

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The BRD Trilogy

The BRD Trilogy

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The Marriage of Maria Braun
Hanna Schygulla
Maria Braun
Klaus Löwitsch
Hermann Braun
Ivan Desny
Karl Oswald
Gisela Uhlen
Elisabeth Trissenaar
Betti Klenze
Gottfried John
Willi Klenze
Hark Bohm
George Byrd
Claus Holm
Günter Lamprecht
Hans Wetzel
Anton Schiersner
Grandpa Berger
Sonja Neudorfer
Red Cross nurse
Volker Spengler
Train conductor
Isolde Barth
Lilo Pempeit
Mrs. Ehmke
Bruce Low
American at the conference
Günther Kaufmann
American on the train
Karl-Heinz von Hassel
Prosecuting attorney
Hannes Kaetner
Justice of the Peace
Kristine de Loup
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Michael Fengler
Screenplay by
Peter Märthesheimer
Screenplay by
Pea Fröhlich
From a story by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Dialogue by
Pea Fröhlich
Dialogue by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Dialogue by
Peter Märthesheimer
Michael Ballhaus
Production designer
Norbert Scherer
Costume designer
Barbara Baum
Jim Willis
Milan Bor
Film editor
Juliane Lorenz
Film editor
Franz Walsch
Music by
Peer Raben
Makeup by
Anni Nöbauer
Production manager
Martin Häussler


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