The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum + Intro

Still from The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, Margarethe von Trotta & Volker Schlondorff, 1975

A key film of the New German Cinema, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum tells a profoundly political story set against a climate of fear and paranoia.

Young housekeeper Katharina falls for a handsome man at a party – who unbeknownst to her, is a criminal on the run from the police. The night she spends with this alleged terrorist is enough to bring her quiet life into ruins and subject her to police surveillance. Exploited by cheap newspaper sensationalism, Katharina slowly becomes a wider target, with anonymous phone calls and letters, sexual advances and threats all testing the limits of her dignity and sanity.

Directed with her then-husband Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum), The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum is a powerful yet sensitive adaptation of Heinrich Böll’s controversial novel. A stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom and media manipulation, the film feels as relevant today as on the day it was released in 1975.

This screening will be introduced by Dr Lawrence Webb, presented in association with the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex.

With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery

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