The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)
"Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  10 October 1975 (West Germany)
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A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Adorf ...
Kommissar Beizmenne
Werner Tötges
Ludwig Götten
Heinz Bennent ...
Dr. Hubert Blorna
Hannelore Hoger ...
Trude Blorna
Rolf Becker ...
Staatsanwalt Hach
Harald Kuhlmann ...
Herbert Fux ...
Regine Lutz ...
Else Woltersheim
Werner Eichhorn ...
Konrad Beiters
Karl Heinz Vosgerau ...
Alois Sträubleder
Angelika Hillebrecht ...
Frau Pletzer
Horatius Häberle ...
Staatsanwalt Dr. Korten (as Horatius Haeberle)
Henry van Lyck ...
'Scheich' Karl


Katharina Blum is a young handsome German maid. She meets Ludwig, and they fall in love at once. They spend the night together. In the morning, the police bursts in her flat, looking for Ludwig : he is a terrorist. But he was no longer here. Katharina is arrested, humiliated, suspected to be a terrorist herself, dragged in the mud by the newspapers... A plea for democracy and individual rights. Written by Yepok

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10 October 1975 (West Germany)  »

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum  »

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Lüding, Verleger: The shots that killed Werner Tötges didn't hit him alone. They were aimed at Freedom of the Press, one of the most precious values of our young Democracy. And these shots - for us who stand here in grief and horror - they strike us. Just as they struck him. Who doesn't feel the wound? Who doesn't feel the sorrow above and beyond one's personal concerns? Who doesn't feel the breath of terror, the savage of anarchy, the violence which is undermining the foundations of our liberal-democratic order...
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The legal disclaimer reads as follows: 'Personen und Handlung sind frei erfunden. Sollten sich bei der Schilderung gewisser journalistischer Praktiken Aehnlichkeiten mit den Praktiken der BILD-Zeitung ergeben haben, so sind diese Aehnlichkeiten weder beabsichtigt noch zufaellig, sondern unvermeidlich.' (Characters and plot are purely fictitious. Similarities with journalistic practices of the newspaper "BILD" are neither intended nor coincidental, but inevitable.) This is a direct quote from the introduction to the original novel by Heinrich Böll. See more »


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The War On Terror...
11 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's funny, but the recent Criterion DVD release of "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum" gives it a whole new perspective. Next to "The Legend of Rita", "Lost Honor" is almost like "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead". But in this case, it's dead serious.

Katharina Blum is a normal German woman who has a one-night state with a man she meets at a party. Later, she finds out that he is an anarchist and part of a Baader-Meinhoff-type gang; the group Rita from "Legend of Rita" is supposed to be a member of.

Responding to the activities of German urban guerrillas, there is a national dragnet to hunt them down. Blum is arrested and gets caught up in the hunt, revealing a myopic government at it's most abusive. Equally revealing is the insidious nature of the media and it's role in repression. You can't help but get a chill watching it not because you can't believe it ever happened. But because you can't believe it happens all the time. Life in America is a lot like Katharina Blum's for many people.

Schlöndorff is an intellectual. Both of these films are great reflections of that. They're smart, challenging while being well paced and lithe. "Lost Honor" marked the directorial debut of Margarethe Von Trotta (in some ways a protégé of Schlöndorff's not to mention lover) who would go on to great things including "Rosa Luxembourg".

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