Criterion Collection: Young Torless

Overview

Robert Musil's novel Die Verwirrungen des Zoglings Torless was the source for this allegorical German film. Mathieu Carriere plays Torless, a student in a costly boarding school during the glory days of the Hapsburg empire. While at school, Carriere is a bystander to the sadistic behavior of fellow students Alfred Dietz and Bernd Tischer. Carriere watches with fascination, but does nothing to intervene or to help his classmates' hapless victims. When Carriere finally does blow the whistle on his friends, it is he...
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Overview

Robert Musil's novel Die Verwirrungen des Zoglings Torless was the source for this allegorical German film. Mathieu Carriere plays Torless, a student in a costly boarding school during the glory days of the Hapsburg empire. While at school, Carriere is a bystander to the sadistic behavior of fellow students Alfred Dietz and Bernd Tischer. Carriere watches with fascination, but does nothing to intervene or to help his classmates' hapless victims. When Carriere finally does blow the whistle on his friends, it is he who is "invited" to leave the school. The parallels to the Nazi years are deliberately strong.
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Special Features

New, restored digital transfer; A German Movie, a new video interview with writer-director Volker Schlöndorff in which he reflects upon the making of Young Törless and its subsequent impact; Rare presentation of the original score by acclaimed composer Hans Werner Henze, with a video introduction by Schlöndorff; Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes production images and promotional art; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; A new essay by film scholar Timothy Corrigan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • UPC: 037429205327
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,160

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mathieu Carrière Torless
Barbara Steele Bozena
Herbert Asmodi Herr Torless
Lotte Ledl Innkeeper
Technical Credits
Volker Schlöndorff Director, Screenwriter
Claus von Boro Editor
Hans Werner Henze Score Composer
Maleen Pacha Art Director
Franz Rath Cinematographer
Franz Seitz Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Comrades [3:58]
2. Confusions [2:52]
3. Obedience [6:24]
4. Dreamer [6:10]
5. Instincts [6:47]
6. "B" [7:08]
7. Discrepency [4:15]
8. Expectations [2:28]
9. Schemes [4:36]
10. Charges [4:17]
11. Conflict [5:19]
12. Truth [6:34]
13. A Step Further [8:15]
14. No Mystery [4:20]
15. Gymnasium [4:22]
16. Explanations [3:22]
17. An Oberserver [6:33]
1. Firsts [2:36]
2. Fatal Affair [5:52]
3. Casting [5:08]
4. Stylized Approach [2:35]
5. Discovery [4:42]
1. Austro-Hungarian Plains [2:25]
2. Rural World [2:13]
3. School Nocturno [1:13]
4. School Boredom [:32]
5. Victimizing Basini [1:06]
6. Calling Torless for Help [:26]
7. Longing/Dormitory/Sleepless [3:03]
8. Abandoned [:28]
9. Whispering Törless [:19]
10. Runaway/Maternal Presence [1:38]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Color Bars
   The Attic
      A German Movie
         Play
         Index
      Original Score
         Intro
         Play
      The Author With Qualities
      Stills Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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