Mutter Courage und Ihre Kinder (1960)

Run Time - 149 min.  |   Countries - East Germany  |  
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Based on the noted play by Bertolt Brecht, this tragic drama is set in 17th-century Europe and tells of Mutter Courage (Helene Weigel), who follows a variety of armies in the many battles fought during that era. She earns a living by selling goods to the soldiers but she also forms more than one type of liaison with her customers, the result of which is several progeny. Her children come along with her as she trails after the armies, yet they are fragile and Mutter Courage is hard-pressed to keep them alive and healthy. Since this drama was filmed in a studio with large sets after the original design, the film is one part theatrical and one part cinematic.

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on-the-road, soldier, war