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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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Ludwig Götten
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Trude Blorna
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Moeding
Herbert Fux ...
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Regine Lutz ...
Else Woltersheim
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Konrad Beiters
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Alois Sträubleder
Angelika Hillebrecht ...
Frau Pletzer
Horatius Häberle ...
Staatsanwalt Dr. Korten (as Horatius Haeberle)
Henry van Lyck ...
'Scheich' Karl
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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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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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Any milarity between 1975 and 2003 is .. unavoidable
27 September 2003 | by (Marin County, California) – See all my reviews

This film is as prescient about the abuses of the so-called liberal media, as another film made the same year: NETWORK. Though the political agendas of the two films run somewhat different tracks, they arrive at the same station. One's private life, passions and convictions are reduced to fodder for the lowest common denominator of the semi-literate whenever it suits the status quo's purpose.

If you're about to see "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum" for the first time, attempt to avoid thinking of it as an old film; As with Network, the passing decades have proved it more a documentary.


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