The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum : Summary

Length: 106 Min. Format: 35mm Colour

Premiere: 09.10.1975, Berlin, Palette (FBW "especially valuable")

Awards:
German Film Award 1976 (Film Ribbon in Gold, Angela Winkler and Cinematography)
IFF San Sebastian 1975 (OCIC-Prize- Prize of the International Catholic Cinema Office)


Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler) - young, attractive, bright, sensitive - falls in love at a carnival party with a chance acquaintance and spends the night with him. The next morning, her apartment is stormed by the special branch in search of the man - the suspected deserter Götten (Jürgen Prochnow) – but he has already left. This brief association brings her under police surveillance and makes her the cruelly exploited subject of cheap newspaper sensationalism. Paraded across the front pages of a big-city daily newspaper ZEITUNG, portrayed as a whore, an atheist, a Communist sympathizer, she becomes the target of anonymous phone calls and letters, sexual advances and threats. Grilled by the investigating police inspector, she loses her job, is scorned by her neighbours, and a cynical reporter Tötges from ZEITUNG drags her life and name through the mud. Unable to bear the enormous psychological pressures that come from prejudice, disparage and open hatred, Katharina resorts to a gun in order to salvage whatever remains of her honour.