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Der junge Törless
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Young Torless -- At an Austrian boys' boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Törless observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate—until the torture goes too far.


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Robert Musil (novel)
Herbert Asmodi (adaptation)
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22 July 1968 (USA) See more »
At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mathieu Carrière ... Thomas Törless
Marian Seidowsky ... Anselm von Basini
Bernd Tischer ... Beineberg
Fred Dietz ... Reiting
Lotte Ledl ... Gastwirtin / Innkeeper
Jean Launay ... Mathematiklehrer / Maths Teacher

Barbara Steele ... Bozena
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Asmodi ... Vater Törless / Törless' father (uncredited)
Hanna Axmann-Rezzori ... Mutter Törless / Törless' mother (uncredited)
Fritz Gehlen ... Direktor / School principle (uncredited)
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Directed by
Volker Schlöndorff 
Writing credits
Robert Musil (novel)

Herbert Asmodi (adaptation)

Volker Schlöndorff (screenplay)

Produced by
Louis Malle .... producer
Franz Seitz .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Werner Henze 
Cinematography by
Franz Rath 
Film Editing by
Claus von Boro 
Set Decoration by
Maleen Pacha 
Makeup Department
Barbara Guffler .... makeup artist
Production Management
Franz Achter .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Klaus Müller-Laue .... assistant director
Herbert Rimbach .... assistant director
Art Department
Georg Attlfellner .... property master
Sound Department
Klaus Eckelt .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jürgen Jürges .... assistant camera
Karl Reiter .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eva Gall .... wardrobe (as Eva-Maria Gall)
Maleen Pacha .... costumer
Other crew
Jutta Gruendel .... script supervisor (as Jutta Gründel)
Louis Malle .... supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Der junge Törless" - West Germany (original title)
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Germany:87 min | Argentina:90 min
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First feature film directed by Volker Schlöndorff.See more »
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Left Elbow Index, 13 November 2009
Author: eldino33 from United States

The Left Elbow Index considers seven elements in judging films--acting, production sets, plot, character, dialogue, artistry, and continuity--on a scale of a high of 10 to a low of 1. Concerning acting, one finds it steady and slightly above average. The seem to be no substantial dramatic high points, although there is opportunity for some. Then again, there are no troubling low points either. Probably "even" would best describe, resulting in a rating of 7. The production sets rate an 8, mostly due to the nature of the school building and the isolated town on the Austria-Hungarian border. The indoor sets, with the exception of the gym, appear mundane and just sort of there. Costumes are not really a factor since school uniforms are the order of the day. The plot is a typical coming of age one, with the positive added ingredient of morality, thereby resulting in a 6 rating. Character suffers (a rating of 5) seeming because the personalities of the principles are fixed when they arrive at the school, with the minor exception of Torless who challenges recognition, but retreats. The dialogue seems uninspiring, although appropriate and controlled. It rates a 5, but that may be too high. The artistry is good (an 8). Great camera angles, the elements of the New German Cinema, and the implied preface to Hitlerism, all in black and white, have merit. The continuity is also good (another 8). The film maintains a tone of terror, in which, as writer-director Schlondorff claims, evil becomes natural. There is a minor problem with films of this type in that it is not difficult to predict the rise of National Socialism after it has already come. The film time is 1910, the movie was made in 1966, and Hitler's time is sandwiched in between. Fortunatly, this is not a history movie, it is a philosophical one which implies that the roots of National Socialism were in place in Germany decades before the rise of Hitler, who, ironically, was Austrian. The film is in some ways prophetic in that cultural terror seems always an undercurrent. The film is well worth seeing, even if the Left Elbow Index rank is 6.71, overall.

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