The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) Poster

Gottfried John: Willi Klenze



  • Senkenberg : Your union is talking socialism, Klenze, and I don't like it.

    Willi Klenze : We're only paying you back in kind. It's no wonder, the way you play the entrepreneur.

    Senkenberg : The secretary of the treasury said...

    Willi Klenze : Yeah, "We're all in the same boat." Trouble is, it's your boat, and we have to row it.

  • Maria Braun : Betti was your wife, after all - the only person I can tell all my troubles to.

    Willi Klenze : Because she doesn't listen.

    Maria Braun : Could be. You need somebody who listens. I need the opposite.

  • Maria Braun : And Annelise - what's she like?

    Willi Klenze : She's what a man needs, someone who is his equal. She can talk, think - my equal in every way.

    Maria Braun : So you think women have to be men's equal?

    Willi Klenze : Sure, except most men aren't conscious of it yet. 'Consciousness lags behind reality.'

    Maria Braun : Did Annelise say that?

    Willi Klenze : Why?

    Maria Braun : You'll wish you had your Betti back.

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