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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

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Mathieu Carrière ... Thomas Törless
Marian Seidowsky ... Anselm von Basini
Bernd Tischer ... Beineberg
Fred Dietz ... Reiting
Lotte Ledl ... Gastwirtin
Jean Launay ... Mathematiklehrer

Barbara Steele ... Bozena
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Asmodi ... Vater Törless (uncredited)
Hanna Axmann-Rezzori ... Mutter Törless (uncredited)
Fritz Gehlen ... Direktor (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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Aspect Ratio:
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First feature film directed by Volker Schlöndorff.See more »

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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
powerful themes, 12 March 2007
Author: irishtom99 from United States

people should not be distracted about the specifics of the plot,or the tangential,secondary themes of cruelty/sexuality..schlondorf has made his metaphor clear and passionate..people in positions of power(due to talent,wealth,titles of authority,physical stregnth,etc)are not entitled to abuse others,no matter what their alleged justification;and people who witness such abuses and do nothing are worse than enablers, they are accomplices..the obvious association is with the Nazis,but this is a universal problem that could be likened to the Spanish inquisition,the salem witch trials,the torture of prisoners during the iraq war,the red scare hearings and countless others..my own feel is that torless is held up as someone who contributes mightily to this particular evil,but fools himself into thinking he's not involved..his final speech was a lame attempt to justify his conduct..the film may not have been entertaining,but it was thought-provoking

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