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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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Deep Drama with thinly veiled message about Nazi Era See more (16 total) »

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)

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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Runtime:
Germany:87 min | Argentina:90 min
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First feature film directed by Volker Schlöndorff.See more »
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Deep Drama with thinly veiled message about Nazi Era, 30 September 2004
Author: mdm-11 from United States

Set in an indefinite time and place (likely the pre-WWI Germany/Austria), at a boarding school for adolescent boys, one student is caught stealing, and subsequently blackmailed and sadistically terrorized. One of his tormentors (the title character) passively observes much of the brutality against the victim, but eventually is overcome with emotions about his part in the evils inflicted on a fellow-student. An eventual investigation into the incidents by the school board leads the authority figures to believe that this "Young Toeless" is emotionally high strung and unfit to continue his studies at the school.

Thinly veiled commentaries about young males in a society that expects total obedience and loyalty, while fanning flames of hate and urges to feel superior to others. Physical and emotional torture of a peer is shown as intoxicating and thrilling. The title character escapes this "world" by exclaiming that he now understands all about this "mystery", thus needs no longer to be involved. Once all was found out, the "meeting" among the class, where everyone "got their story straight" reminds of the post WWII investigations (culminating in the Nuremberg Trials), when one citizen would vouch for the other and vice versa, insisting all were innocent or "following orders". An emotional maturity is required for viewing this film. I would not recommend it for an audience under the age of 16. Otherwise this is a thought-provoking drama with many discussion points.

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