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Der junge Törless
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Young Torless (1966) More at IMDbPro »Der junge Törless (original title)

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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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Plot:
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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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First feature film directed by Volker Schlöndorff.See more »
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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
removal of the original gay theme, 19 August 2008
Author: didier-20 from london

What's interesting about this film is the way it unapologetically removes the true and original gay content from the story. Torless has a passionate gay affair in the original. In the film gayness is alluded too as perhaps a contributing factor to the corruption of innocents via the pursuit & discovery of knowledge & experience. As a gay person with a broad understanding of the systematic exclusion and removal of gay people from history, the main theme of the film, re: the brutality , sadism and masochism & manifestation of fascism is somehow deeply compromised by the idea that it is excusable, if not absolutely impossible to reveal Torless's gay self as a positive and actual fact of his boyhood because it would offend European bourgeoisie taste of the 60s. So the sensationalism of fascism is portrayed and the recent anti-Semitic WW11 history of Austria 'allowed' as an allusion to it's part in Nazi history, but homosexuality is still being demonised and censored in a film which purports to be about anti-fascism. I don't buy that - and we've all been robbed of the true story - where Torless , far from being a dried up , cold 'acceptably' moral and suggestively straight prude, in the real story embraces the presence of gay feelings rampant in the original story and which contribute to the whole process of his crisis about morality which the film hijacks to portray a censored and acceptable message of it's own.

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