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Mother Courage and Her Children (1961)

Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helene Weigel Helene Weigel ... Mutter Courage
Angelika Hurwicz Angelika Hurwicz ... Kattrin
Ekkehard Schall Ekkehard Schall ... Eilif
Heinz Schubert ... Schweizerkas
Willi Schwabe Willi Schwabe ... Werber
Gerhard Bienert ... Feldwebel
Ernst Busch ... Koch
Norbert Christian Norbert Christian ... Feldhauptmann
Wolf Kaiser Wolf Kaiser ... Feldprediger
Harry Gillmann Harry Gillmann ... Zeugmeister
Regine Lutz Regine Lutz ... Yvette Pottier
Peter Kalisch Peter Kalisch ... Einäugiger
Erik S. Klein Erik S. Klein ... Zweiter Feldwebel
Wolf von Beneckendorff Wolf von Beneckendorff ... Obrist
Ralf Bregazzi Ralf Bregazzi ... Schreiber


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Drama | War


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East Germany



Release Date:

10 February 1961 (East Germany) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in The Making of Autumn Sonata (1978) See more »

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A rave review for this film!
29 September 2006 | by msrich-1See all my reviews

If you know just a little German, you will enjoy this film. The casting is perfect and the acting is so subtle and intelligent that you will get a lot out of each scene, even if you don't understand every word. This movie was done from a stage production by Brecht's own company, using the techniques of epic theater that he invented, so there is a certain restraint, even dryness, to the style that is supposed to make it easier for the viewer to think about the issues. Regardless of your politics, however, once you've seen this production, others will pale by comparison. The script is based upon a very old story about female merchants who followed the troops to do business during wars. They are a tough breed, and Helen Weigel, who plays the title role, certainly conveys that.

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