Based on the novel by Heinrich Boll - which was itself based on the treatment he received from a German tabloid, after he wrote an article about the urban terrorists operative in Germany in the early Seventies and their brutal treatment at the hands of the government. Katharina Blum meets a young man at a party and spends one night with him, only to awake, find him gone and herself in the middle of a nightmare. It transpires that the man was an alleged terrorist under surveillance and Katharina is herself arrested and subjected to an hysterical smear campaign by the tabloid press. Co-written and co-directed by Schlondorff's wife, herself a successful film director, this powerful statement on modern terrorism and police methods is widely regarded as one of Schlondorff's most superior films.
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Japanese ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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. Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta's powerful adaptation of Heinrich Böll's novel is a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom, and media manipulation--as relevant today as on the day of its release in 1975. ...The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) ( Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann ) ( The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, or How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead ) (Blu-Ray)