Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) (1975)

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Average German citizen Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler) spends the night with a man she barely knows. The next morning, Katharina finds the man gone--and finds herself surrounded by none-too-polite police investigators. It seems that her stranger of the evening was a political activist who has long been the object of close scrutiny by the law. Her basic civil rights ignored at every turn, Katharina is relentlessly grilled about her relationship with her one-night stand. As a result, Katharina loses her job, her friends, and her standing in the community. Unsatisfied with this, the police go after Katharina's family, putting her ailing mother through an emotional wringer. After being branded a Communist by the insensitive press, Katharina goes over the top and shoots a reporter: at last, she has truly become what the media has made of her. Based on a novel by Heinrich Böll and directed with clinical near-detachment by Volker Scholendorff and Margarethe von Trotta, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum was later remade for American TV as The Lost Honor of Katherine Beck, with Marlo Thomas in the title role.

Cast

Angela Winkler
as Katharina Blum
Mario Adorf
as Beizmenne
Dieter Laser
as Werner Toetgess
Heinz Bennent
as Dr. Blorna
Hannelore Hoger
as Trude Blorna
Karl Heinz Vosgerau
as Alois Straubleder
Jürgen Prochnow
as Ludwig Goetten
Regine Lutz
as Else Woltersheim
Werner Eichhorn
as Konrad Beiters
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Critic Reviews for Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Roger Corman, the director, does what he can to pump some life into the plot, but it just lies there, as dormant as Katharina's honor.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

An intelligent, if finally unconvincing film.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Against the starkness of Katharina's timidity and innocence, the depictions of Beizmenne and Tötges veer into hyperbole, but it's this construction of a guileless woman in love that helps stoke audience outrage at her mistreatment.

December 11, 2020 | Full Review…

still strikes directly at the crucial crossroads between capital-T "Truth" and the narratives spun by the press

September 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though their film doesn't explore the social impact of a populace unwilling to consider their sources, co-directors Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta do explore how easily perception can be twisted under the guise of justice and popularity ...

September 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This powerful picture retains its sickening relevance.

August 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum)

A taut thriller that is just as relevant today as when it was produced, more than thirty five years ago. A young woman spends a night with a suspected terrorist and becomes the object of a police investigation and an intense slur campaign waged by a smarmy, unscrupulous news hound and his photographer. The very beautiful Angela Winkler plays the title character and exudes a very convincing aura of naivete and bewilderment during the interrogations. We are never sure just how much she really knows, or whether she is, as she maintains, an innocent caught up in the intrigue of others. But the thrust of the movie is the way that she is portrayed in the media of the day. One could not watch without recognizing how difficult it is to recover ones good name when all of your dirty laundry (and some that was made up out of whole cloth) has been aired. Just ask Casey Anthony. The ending, while shocking, seems almost justifiable given the events as they unfolded. Jurgen Prochnow plays the terrorist, Ludwig, quietly and darkly menacing. Mario Adorf plays the lead investigator who seems a little too cozy with the reporter, played by Dieter Laser.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

½

Brilliant! Who could have foreseen how relevant reactionary right-wing conservativism and a terrorizing media would be to contemporary American politics?

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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