The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

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The Personal is Political: The Films of Margarethe von Trotta


Please note: This was screened in Nov 2018

Margarethe von Trotta & Volker Schlöndorff
Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser
106 mins, Subtitled, 1975, Germany
Primary language

A young housekeepers quiet, ordered life falls into ruins after spending the night with an alleged terrorist in this profoundly political story set against a climate of fear and paranoia.

When Katharina Blum falls for a handsome man at a party, unbeknownst to her, he is a criminal on the run from the police. The night she spends with this alleged terrorist is enough to send her quiet life into turmoil and subject her to police surveillance. Exploited by cheap newspaper sensationalism, Katharina slowly becomes a wider target, with anonymous phonecalls and letters, sexual advances and threats all testing the limits of her dignity and sanity.

One of the key films of the New German Cinema movement,Margarethe von Trotta’s (co-directed with her then-husband Volker Schlöndorff) powerful yet sensitive adaptation of Heinrich Böll’s controversial novel is a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom and media manipulation.