The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1975]

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum marks the directorial debut for actress Margarethe von Trotta, who co-directed the film with her then-husband Volker Schlöndorff. At a costume party, Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler) meets Ludwig Goetten (Jürgen Prochnow ) and spends the night with him. The next morning, he's gone and the police bust into her apartment looking for him with the belief that he is a dangerous terrorist. She is taken into police custody and interrogated by Kommissar Beizmenne (Mario Adorf), who questions her about her every action. Meanwhile, sleazy reporter Werner Toetges (Dieter Laser) makes her story into a scandal in the papers by writing sensational stories about her personal life and portraying her as a criminal in photos. He exaggerates the testimonies of her ex-husband, neighbors, and even her elderly mother who is dying of cancer in an intensive care hospital. With the fear-induced public thinking she is a Communist and terrorist sympathizer, Katharina receives hate mail and personal threats until she is finally driven over the edge.
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    Overview

    Special Features


    • New digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Jost Vacano, and enhanced for 16x9 televisions
    • New video interview with directors Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta
    • New video interview with cinematographer Jost Vacano
    • Excerpts from "Heinrich Böll," a 1977 documentary about the author of "The Last Honor of Katharina Blum"
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    Synopsis


    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum marks the directorial debut for actress Margarethe von Trotta, who co-directed the film with her then-husband Volker Schlöndorff. At a costume party, Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler) meets Ludwig Goetten (Jürgen Prochnow ) and spends the night with him. The next morning, he's gone and the police bust into her apartment looking for him with the belief that he is a dangerous terrorist. She is taken into police custody and interrogated by Kommissar Beizmenne (Mario Adorf), who questions her about her every action. Meanwhile, sleazy reporter Werner Toetges (Dieter Laser) makes her story into a scandal in the papers by writing sensational stories about her personal life and portraying her as a criminal in photos. He exaggerates the testimonies of her ex-husband, neighbors, and even her elderly mother who is dying of cancer in an intensive care hospital. With the fear-induced public thinking she is a Communist and terrorist sympathizer, Katharina receives hate mail and personal threats until she is finally driven over the edge. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Angela Winkler
      Angela Winkler - Katharina Blum
    • Mario Adorf
      Mario Adorf - Beizmenne
    • Dieter Laser
      Dieter Laser - Werner Toetgess
    • Heinz Bennent
      Heinz Bennent - Dr. Blorna
    • Hannelore Hoger
      Hannelore Hoger - Trude Blorna



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