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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum marks the directorial debut for actress Margarethe von Trotta, who co-directed the film with her then-husband Volker Schlöndorff. At a costume party, Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler) meets Ludwig Goetten (Jürgen Prochnow ) and spends the night with him. The next morning, he's gone and the police bust into her apartment looking for him with the belief that he is a dangerous terrorist. She is taken into police custody and interrogated by Kommissar Beizmenne (Mario Adorf), who ...
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Overview

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum marks the directorial debut for actress Margarethe von Trotta, who co-directed the film with her then-husband Volker Schlöndorff. At a costume party, Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler) meets Ludwig Goetten (Jürgen Prochnow ) and spends the night with him. The next morning, he's gone and the police bust into her apartment looking for him with the belief that he is a dangerous terrorist. She is taken into police custody and interrogated by Kommissar Beizmenne (Mario Adorf), who questions her about her every action. Meanwhile, sleazy reporter Werner Toetges (Dieter Laser) makes her story into a scandal in the papers by writing sensational stories about her personal life and portraying her as a criminal in photos. He exaggerates the testimonies of her ex-husband, neighbors, and even her elderly mother who is dying of cancer in an intensive care hospital. With the fear-induced public thinking she is a Communist and terrorist sympathizer, Katharina receives hate mail and personal threats until she is finally driven over the edge.
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Special Features

New digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Jost Vacano, and enhanced for 16x9 televisions; New video interview with directors Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta; New video interview with cinematographer Jost Vacano; Excerpts from "Heinrich Böll," a 1977 documentary about the author of "The Last Honor of Katharina Blum"; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Based on the novel of the same name by Nobel prize-winning author Heinrich Böll, the political drama The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum has often been praised for its social relevancy in the decades following its original release. Not only is it an effective depiction of yellow journalism in the works, but its also an honest portrayal of the paranoid political climate of West Germany during the 1970s. Quick to deny basic democratic liberties in the interest of national security, the government labels Ludwig (Jürgen Prochnow) a terrorist when he's really just a crafty thief who left the army. Katherina's personal story is presented factually without unnecessary romanticizing, and her brief affair with Ludwig is only glimpsed at from afar. The bulk of the story concerns her transformation from dowdy housekeeper to reactionary dissident, capably handled by Angela Winkler's calm demeanor and stoic presence. At first, she barely flinches when the cops bust into her apartment, but she gradually begins to develop a resistance after bearing the constant threats, lies, and interrogation. Though heavy handed at times, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum is a straightforward, unsentimental portrait of an innocent person's struggle against victimization by the press.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • UPC: 037429173428
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,023

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Winkler Katharina Blum
Mario Adorf Beizmenne
Dieter Laser Werner Toetgess
Heinz Bennent Dr. Blorna
Hannelore Hoger Trude Blorna
Harald Kuhlmann Moeding
Karl Heinz Vosgerau Alois Straubleder
Jürgen Prochnow Ludwig Goetten
Rolf Becker Hach
Regine Lutz Else Woltersheim
Werner Eichhorn Konrad Beiters
Herbert Fux
Henry van Lyck
Peter Franke
Walter Gontermann
Achim Strietzel
Technical Credits
Volker Schlöndorff Director, Screenwriter
Margarethe von Trotta Director, Screenwriter
Hans Werner Henze Score Composer
Eberhard Junkersdorf Executive Producer, Producer
Peter Przygodda Editor
Manilo Rocchetti Makeup
Jost Vacano Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Wednesday, February 5, 1975 [3:37]
2. "Want to Come to a Party?" [7:28]
3. Thursday, February 6, 1975 [6:43]
4. "We Won't Get Personal, Mrs. Blum" [7:15]
5. Screening Clues [4:32]
6. "Toetges. We're From the Paper." [3:51]
7. News Gathering [3:35]
8. "8 to 10 Thousand" [6:03]
9. Home Sweet Home [6:50]
10. Friday, February 7, 1975 [2:19]
11. Father Urbanus and Alois [3:26]
12. An Old Pro [2:43]
13. Else Woltersheim [12:35]
14. Correspondence [6:30]
15. Saturday, February 8, 1975 [2:46]
16. "It's a Good Hideout" [5:20]
17. "Two Wedding Rings, a Pin" [2:56]
18. The Farmhouse [3:24]
19. "We Are Going to Spoil You" [2:32]
20. Sunday, February 9, 1975 [7:03]
21. Epilogue [4:26]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Color Bars
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
   Interview With Schlöndorff and von Trotta
      Play
      Index
         The Lost Honor of Heinrich Böll
         Co-Directors
         Winkler and Adorf
         Katharina
         Abstract Spaces
         Threats
   Interview With Jost Vacano
      Play
      Index
         1975
         Documentary Style
         Katharina
         Death: Private and Public
         A Living Thing
   Heinrich Böll
      Bio
      Play
   Original Theatrical Trailer
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