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  • Actors: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser, Jürgen Prochnow, Heinz Bennent
  • Directors: Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff
  • Writers: Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Heinrich Böll
  • Producers: Eberhard Junkersdorf, Gunther Witte, Willi Benninger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4I7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digital transfer supervised by the cinematographer
  • New and improved subtitle translation
  • New video interview with directors Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta
  • New video interview with cinematographer Jost Vacano
  • Excerpts from a 1977 documentary on author Heinrich Boll

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Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf. A quiet German woman wakes up after a one-night stand to find herself accused of terrorism-and her life thrown into turmoil. Based on a novel by Heinrich B+Ýll. In German with English subtitles. 1975/color/109 min/NR/widescreen.

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A striking examination of the power of the police and excesses of the media, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum grows more pertinent every day. When the police burst into Katharina Blum's apartment, they fail to find the suspected terrorist they've been tracking and arrest Blum for harboring a fugitive. Immediately she becomes a media sensation; between the ruthless interrogation of the police, the even more invasive muckraking of a notorious tabloid, and harassment from the sensation-hungry public, Blum's ordinary life is turned inside out until she has to lash out to defend her own sanity. A German film made in 1975, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum could have been made today in the U.S. Angela Winkler gives a compelling performance as Katharina, but the entire movie is superbly realized: suspenseful, compassionate, and shot through with dark humor. --Bret Fetzer

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This great film, tense and meaningful, is laced with dark humor.
Robin Simmons
Along with this film I would recommend Fassbinder's 'Mother Kusters goes to Heaven' (a similar story about tabloid journalism following a tragedy).
Stalwart Kreinblaster
This is one the most appreciated gems in the german cinema of the middle seventies.
Hiram Gomez Pardo

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ted VINE VOICE on November 1, 2004
Format: DVD
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.

The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum, originally released in East Germany as "Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann" which translates to: "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, or How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead" is an excellent film regarding the treatment of persosn suspected of consorting with terrorists. It is based on a book by Heinrich Böll.

I would assume the re-release was inspired in part by the September 11 attacks and the susequent crackdown on those suspected of helping terrorists.

In the film a woman is accused of harboring a member of a left-wing terrorist group. After her release, she is followed everywhere by a member of a tabloid newspaper and receives obscene hate mail and prank phone calls. The film depicts how every person who comes into contact witht he terrorist is followed by the police and checked out.

The film stirs worries that some have regarding their civil liberties in a post 9/11 America. I find the film to be quite good and is set against actual events in 1970's Germany during an uprising of a German terrorist group known as the RAF (Rote Armee Fraktion or Red Army Faction)

The Criterion Collection release has interviews with the film's two co-directors,Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta. and with director of photography, Jost Vacano.

Thre is also a documentary about author Heinrich Böll and a theatrical trailer for the film.

The film is quite good but is not for everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stalwart Kreinblaster on October 9, 2004
Format: DVD
As I was watching this movie I couldn't help but be reminded of another story - 'the Trial' by Franz Kafka. Like 'the Trial's' main character, Joseph K, Katherina is a victim to a corrupt bearucratic system based upon ruining someone's life for the sake of others.

Whereas, I did not like 'the Tin Drum', Katherina Blum struck me very deeply - maybe because it is so real and relevent.

Along with this film I would recommend Fassbinder's 'Mother Kusters goes to Heaven' (a similar story about tabloid journalism following a tragedy).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on April 17, 2003
Format: DVD
Although first released in 1975, THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM (Criterion) grows more relevant every day. Adapted from a political parable by Nobel Prize for literature winner Heinrich Boll (1917-1985), The Lost Honor Honor of Katharina Blum is a searing examination of the power of the Press and the State to persecute.
On the morning after a one-night stand, the police burst into Blum's apartment looking for her lover, an alleged terrorist. He is gone and Blum is arrested for aiding and hiding a fugitive. The media focus, the ruthless interrogation by the police and the greed driven feeding frenzy of the tabloid press turns Blum's life upside down. Angela Winkler gives a bold and compassionate performance as the put-upon Katharina Blum who finally explodes in defense of her own sanity. This great film, tense and meaningful, is laced with dark humor.
Extras include a new video interview with directors Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta and master cinematographer Jost Vacano. Also, excerpts from a 1977 documentary on German author and activist Boll. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quin on June 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Good movie based on the novel by Heinrich Böll. Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler) is interrogated by Kommissar Beizmenne (Mario Adorf) because she has just spent the night with Ludwig, a terrorist. The police are brutes, but we're never really sure what Katharina knows or doesn't know, and I thought the moral ambiguity on this point increased the overall credibility of the film. The best part about it was pretty unambiguous, though - pretty damning indictment of the press, here characterized by an incredibly unscrupulous newspaper reporter, Toetges (Dieter Laser). Nice score by Hans Werner Henze. The DVD edition includes a great interview with the husband and wife directors, Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on December 12, 2004
Format: DVD
This is one the most appreciated gems in the german cinema of the middle seventies.

The bitter and unstopable process of decay in Katherine Blum is described with vivid expression , overwhelmong camera work and superb script .

You will watch a depressive movie and a mature picture . Tasefully made but without any drop of oversimplifications and

ornaments . The film is incisive and direct . It plays hard with the sensibility of the viewer . So beware with this movie .

Extraordinary film and undoubtedly a master gem of this brilliant director , unfortunately missed in the present time : Wolker Schlondorff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2004
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Lost Honor of Katharina Blum is a contemporary love story about Katharina and Ludwig who fall in love at first sight at a party. After the party Ludwig spends the night with Katharina and when Katharina wakes up in the morning the police barge into the apartment in order to arrest Ludwig who is a wanted terrorist. The police are unsympathetic to Katharina's needs and rights as they discover that Ludwig has evaded the long arm of the police. This becomes the initial step towards a long humiliating suffering for Katharina as the press and media drag her reputation through the gutter. This film is a tribute to democracy as it displays the importance of information distribution and the responsibility that the press and media carry. Lost Honor of Katharina Blum is an intricate story where love drives the plot and engages the audience. However, the simplicity of the story steers the audience toward several subplots and cerebrally engaging notions, morals, and values. This results in a brilliant cinematic experience that will keep the audience mesmerized.
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