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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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Writers:
Robert Musil (novel)
Herbert Asmodi (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 July 1968 (USA) See more »
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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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4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der junge Törless" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
Germany:87 min | Argentina:90 min
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First feature film directed by Volker Schlöndorff.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Kids these days..., 8 March 2008
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania

By today's standards, a film like "Young Torless" may seem too coy and archly philosophical (and thus pretentious) a take on the corruption of youth, and the sources from which the corruption stems. Its strength, however, lies in the telling: when a student at a preparatory academy robs a peer to pay off a debt, he finds himself enslaved, both psychologically and sexually, by a gang of rogues looking to push him to the breaking point. In the midst of this is Torless (Matthieu Carriere), a student coming to terms with his identity in the midst of this moral dilemma, and whose mental landscape renders him a frustrated, conflicted character who runs the gamut from cold detachment to vague sympathy. While certain aspects of the film (the homosexual subplot, for instance) seem deliberately repressed due to the era, the implication is enough to give the events an additional potency. The black-and-white cinematography is excellent, capturing a specific atmosphere of dread and meditative solitude--German director Volker Schlondorff is not looking to titillate with sensationalist content, but instead spin a story of a young adult's struggle with the evils of an imperfect world. And on that level, "Young Torless" is one of the best films of its kind.

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