When Katharina Blum spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. Suddenly a suspect, Katharina is subject to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist, testing the limits of her dignity and her sanity.
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A key moment of New German Cinema, and one of the most politically radical films of that era, it launches a vitriolic attack on tabloids, their complicity with a police-state on the rise that is unable to exorcize its Nazi guilt. Bordering on bitter satire and conscious of exaggerations it features powerful performances (Winkler) and amazing set-pieces (Ludwig's arrest total mobilization scene). Essential viewing.
A West Germany every bit as police state and surveillance heavy as East Germany. The police invade your private life on the pretext of stopping anarchy or communism (instead of the East's anarchy and capitalism), and the press destroys you individually by using freedom of press (instead of the individual you being destroyed by the lack thereof). This is a very dry and unsubtle satire. --PolarisDiB
Really excellent- surpassed all my expectations. Brilliantly shot, scored and scripted, 70s West Germany is the perfect environment, both aesthetically and politically, for a film that displays the hypocrisies of far left and far right politics. The commentary on this and the impact of slander on human life, true or otherwise, is no less incisive or relevant today than it was thirty years ago.
When political dimensions of a novel lies mainly on the language, the screen adaptation can grossly simplify the subject. This is not the case. The film is brilliant in the use of cinematic techniques to convey the harassment atmosphere of the BDR. It's also a testament of Von Trotta's feminist influence on Schlöndorff's work and how hard it was for them as a couple to (partly) survive the co-directing adventure.
Una protagonista en medio de una acusación. Al margen de sí Blum es cómplice o no, se va manifestando en la atmósfera social una suerte de prejuicio político. "El honor perdido..." pueda que en principio conste de una historia en donde la paranoia reina, muy a pesar, su tema central es a propósito de esos productores de la paranoia; la prensa. Dura crítica al cuarto poder en su forma amarillista, perversa, crapulenta
I think it's a basically stolid film, but I can't really bring myself to give it more than three stars. As a movie, I don't think it's ESPECIALLY evocative or complicated, narratively or aesthetically. The media robs people of their honor by turning them into what it accuses them of being. It's singularly a critique of deception and objectifying male lust. It's a solid, indistinct anti-system movie, basically.