Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

When Katharina Blum spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. Suddenly a suspect, Katharina is subject to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist, testing the limits of her dignity and her sanity. Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta’s powerful adaptation of Heinrich Böll’s novel is a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom, and media manipulation––as relevant today as on the day of its release in 1975.

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Special Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • New video interview with directors Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta
  • New video interview with director of photography Jost Vacano
  • Documentary on author Heinrich Boll
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

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Special Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • New video interview with directors Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta
  • New video interview with director of photography Jost Vacano
  • Documentary on author Heinrich Boll
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
Cast
Angela Winkler
Katarina Blum
Mario Adorf
Kommissar Beizmenne
Dieter Laser
Werner Tötges
Jürgen Prochnow
Ludwig Götten
Heinz Bennent
Dr. Blorna
Credits
Director
Volker Schlöndorff
From the novel by
Heinrich Böll
Screenplay
Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay
Margarethe von Trotta
Music
Hans Werner Henze
Cinematography
Jost Vacano
Editing
Peter Przygodda
Production design
Ute Burgmann
Production design
Günther Naumann
Director
Margarethe von Trotta

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Volker Schlöndorff

Writer, Director

Though he would find himself at the forefront of his native nation’s radical New German Cinema movement, Volker Schlöndorff got his training in France. Apprenticed to such trailblazers as Alain Resnais (Schlöndorff served as second assistant director on Last Year at Marienbad), Jean-Pierre Melville (assistant director on Leon Morin, Priest and Le doulos), Louis Malle (assistant director on The Fire Within), he became fascinated by the possibilities of filmmaking as a political tool early in his career. His 1966 debut, Young Törless, based on Robert Musil’s acclaimed novel, was not only the first of his many literary adaptations, it was also something of a New German Cinema call to arms, a political allegory about Germany’s social history set in a boys’ boarding school at the turn of twentieth century. More stinging commentaries on the state of Germany-then-and-now followed in the seventies: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (codirected with Margarethe von Trotta, Schlöndorff’s wife at the time), Coup de grâce, and his grandest success, the Oscar- and Palme d’or–winning The Tin Drum, a brilliant adaptation of Günter Grass’s metaphorical novel about the horrors of World War II. Schlöndorff has gone on to teach film and literature and continues to make films in Germany and elsewhere.