Young Torless [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [German] [1966]

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Special Features

  • New, restored digital transfer
  • A German Movie, a new video interview with writer-director Volker Schlöndorff in which he reflects upon the making of Young Törless and its subsequent impact
  • Rare presentation of the original score by acclaimed composer Hans Werner Henze, with a video introduction by Schlöndorff
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes production images and promotional art
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • A new essay by film scholar Timothy Corrigan


Young Torless
Robert Musil's novel Die Verwirrungen des Zoglings Torless was the source for this allegorical German film. Mathieu Carriere plays Torless, a student in a costly boarding school during the glory days of the Hapsburg empire. While at school, Carriere is a bystander to the sadistic behavior of fellow students Alfred Dietz and Bernd Tischer. Carriere watches with fascination, but does nothing to intervene or to help his classmates' hapless victims. When Carriere finally does blow the whistle on his friends, it is he who is "invited" to leave the school. The parallels to the Nazi years are deliberately strong. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Mathieu Carrière
    Mathieu Carrière - Torless
  • Barbara Steele
    Barbara Steele - Bozena
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    Herbert Asmodi - Herr Torless
  • Lotte Ledl
    Lotte Ledl - Innkeeper
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