The Lost Honor Of Katharina Blum

  • 1975
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Codirected by Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, this adaptation of the Heinrich Boll novel capably depicts the author's themes and structure on-screen. The title character (Angela Winkler), a housekeeper and model citizen, suddenly finds herself the victim of an unorthodox police investigation and media assault after a brief affair with a bank-robbing...read more

Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on
Rating:

Codirected by Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, this adaptation of the Heinrich Boll novel capably depicts the author's themes and structure on-screen. The title character (Angela Winkler), a housekeeper and model citizen, suddenly finds herself the victim of an unorthodox

police investigation and media assault after a brief affair with a bank-robbing anarchist (Jurgen Prochnow) who is wanted by the police. Before her troubles began, Katharina had been respected by her employers, the Blornas (Heinz Bennent and Hannelore Holger), for her efficiency, and by her

friends for her level head. Her calm and uneventful life is made a shambles when she's taken into custody, and becomes the target of a ruthless reporter (Dieter Laser) who stops at nothing (including a grueling interview with her dying mother) to dig up dirt, and labels Katharina a Communist

conspirator. The story unfolds as a series of small revelations about the suspect, providing various conflicting viewpoints of her character. While this method may be too cold and distancing to evoke much audience empathy, it is effective in creating the oppressive atmosphere the story requires.

Winkler's performance is equally cool, as a woman who seems incapable of revealing her emotions. An Americanized made-for-TV version, THE LOST HONOR OF KATHRYN BECK, appeared in 1984 starring Marlo Thomas and Kris Kristofferson.

Cast & Details See all »

  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Codirected by Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, this adaptation of the Heinrich Boll novel capably depicts the author's themes and structure on-screen. The title character (Angela Winkler), a housekeeper and model citizen, suddenly finds hersel… (more)

Show More »