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)

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

TOMATOMETER

——

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 2003
Runtime:
Criterion Collection

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
Show More Cast

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

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 (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 3, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film's final reel is the only vital weakness in an otherwise nasty but effective exposé on the abuses by those in and with power on those without.

Full Review… | March 2, 2004
Apollo Guide

Makes a very strong case against yellow journalism

Full Review… | January 18, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Katharina Blum is a fictional case within a lens of subjectivity that affords a clear contemporary resonance.

Full Review… | March 18, 2003
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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

½

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

bookmunki
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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

Interesting film focused on the abuses of the press. While this is the primary idea of the film there are several aspects to the story that are equaling compelling. This film is dated and requires a basic understanding of terrorism in the 1970's, it is also vitally connected to the 21st Century. Angela Winkler gives an impressively nuanced performance. Her character feels real. There is no hint of mannerism or scenery-chewing which I suspect many actors would have been inclined to add.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) on our Movie forum!