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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (original title)
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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Heinrich Böll (novel), Volker Schlöndorff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 October 1975 (West Germany) See more »

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Directorial debut of Margarethe von Trotta. See more »

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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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Woman's life is destroyed by ruthless tabloid stories
4 October 2004 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

This is one of a handful of German productions of the 1970s critically acclaimed by world cinema. "Die verlorene Ehre der Katerina Blum" tells of the seemingly innocent love affair of a young woman with a man who turns out to be a fugitive bank robber. Twisting and turning the story to make it more "readable" a tabloid reporter shamelessly destroys the woman's reputation, even leading to her arrest as an "accomplice" to the crimes committed by her "boyfriend".

The film shows in detail how the situation impacts many people, including Katerina's employers, neighbors, family memebers. All speak highly of her, yet the newspapers always manage to print distorted facts, embellishments and outright lies. The ending, though unexpected and shocking, will satisfy the viewer, who by now completely empathises with the title character who had been "railroaded" by the press for no other purpose than to sell more papers. A five star classic.


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