The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #2 - The Movies

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #2 - The Movies

Unread postby Liz » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:43 pm

THE MOVIES


NOTE: Please refrain from discussing this tidbit, as there will be questions during the discussion regarding it.


The book has spawned two movies and one radio show. Not much could I find on the radio show. It was a dramatization called The Fifteen minute drama of the week - formerly Woman's Hour Drama - on BBC Radio Four, the week commencing October 15, 2012.



THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM


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The first film based on the book was made shortly after the book’s publication, in 1975. The film adaptation was written by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta. See interview with Margarethe von Trotta below where she talks briefly of the movie.


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Of note, Von Trotta recently submitted a film to the Toronto Film Festival – Hannan Arendt.


Here is the trailer for The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum:

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If you wish to watch the entire movie, you can see it on Hulu for a price:




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What I find really interesting is that the dear Roger Ebert reviewed it. Why he is reviewing it an entire year later is not clear. Could it be a typo?




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The film was not nominated for any Academy Awards that year, but just to give some feel for the times, these were the nominations for best film for that year: Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, Nashville and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.




ACT OF PASSION (THE LOST HONOR OF KATHRYN BECK)

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The second film - in 1984 - starred Marlo Thomas and Kris Kristofferson but was entitled “The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck.” The CBS TV movie was adapted by Loring Mandel.

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In this particular version it was about a shopkeeper who is condemned by the police and the press for sleeping with a suspected terrorist.

I was not able to find a You Tube video of the trailer or anything else on this film.

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Trivia:

Criminal Attorney Alan M. Dershowitz worked as an uncredited consultant on this film, and Marlo Thomas asked him if a story like this had ever occurred in the U.S. in modern times. Dershowitz assured her that incidents like this occurred frequently. He wrote a brochure which was sent to television critics that explained that the circumstances were accurate. (NOTE: Dershowitz represented clients such as Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson and Patty Hearst).


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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #2 - The Movies

Unread postby Buster » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:35 pm

Interesting contrast- Margarethe von Trotta sees it as almost a battle of archetypes, while Dershowitz exposes just how common, and perhaps even banal, the circumstances are.

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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #2 - The Movies

Unread postby Liz » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:39 pm

:shhh:

We will be discussing these movies in relation to the book in a discussion question.
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Unread postby nebraska » Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:00 pm

I was able to order a used DVD copy of the movie on Amazon.com for a fairly reasonable price -- in German with English subtitles.

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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #2 - The Movies

Unread postby Liz » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:48 am

How much?
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Unread postby nebraska » Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:08 am

Liz wrote:How much?

With postage it came to $12.98

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Unread postby MaggyCutler » Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:27 am

Alan Dershowitz also defended O. j. Simpson for murdering his ex wife Nicole Simpson.

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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #2 - The Movies

Unread postby Liz » Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:43 pm

:eyebrow:
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Re: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Tidbit #2 - The Movies

Unread postby nebraska » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:52 am

I found a used copy of the Kathryn Beck video (VHS) on Amazon.com


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