The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

Film

Time Out says

A disturbingly powerful version of Heinrich Böll's novel about the irresponsibility of the gutter press and their ability to destroy lives. Winkler is excellent as the shy, apolitical young woman who sleeps with a man she meets at a party, unaware that he's a terrorist; next morning, after he's gone, armed police burst in, arrest her, and the nightmare begins. A smear campaign is started against her character, her privacy is repeatedly violated, and the links between single-minded, right-wing police and news-hungry press are made clear. It's a frightening account of how external, arbitrary forces can ruin lives, which simultaneously portrays the heroine as a courageous, dignified upholder of her freedom. Sometimes surreal, always intelligent and menacing, it's far superior to Schlöndorff's later The Tin Drum.

By: GA

Details

Release details

Duration:
106 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta
Screenwriter:
Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta
Cast:
Angela Winkler
Mario Adorf
Dieter Laser
Heinz Bennent
Hannelore Hoger
Harald Kuhlmann
Karl-Heinz Vosgerau
Jürgen Prochnow
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