The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
is a 1975
film adaptation by Volker Schlöndorff
and Margarethe von Trotta
of the novel of the same name
by Heinrich Böll
. The title character is an innocent housekeeper whose life is ruined by an invasive tabloid reporter and a police investigation when the man with whom she has just fallen in love turns out to be a radical bank robber. The film stars Angela Winkler
as Blum, Mario Adorf
as Kommissar Beizmenne, Dieter Laser
as Tötges, and Jürgen Prochnow
The film, unlike the novel, ends with a scene at Tötges' funeral, with his publisher delivering a hypocritical condemnation of the murder as an infringement on the freedom of the press.
In interviews for the 2003 Criterion Collection DVD release of the film, Schlöndorff and other crew members argue for the film's continued relevance today, drawing an analogy between the political climate of panic over terrorism in 1970s West Germany and the post-September 11, 2001 situation in the U.S.