DIE VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM

THE LOST HONOUR OF KATHARINA BLUM

DIRECTED BY:
Volker Schlöndorff
SCRIPT:
Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Hamm
DIE VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM poster

PRE-PRODUCTION

The years 1974 and '75 were hell: So many movies that I don’t remember the order they were filmed in, which one in the spring and which in the winter. Apart from all this, at U.L.M. there was a continual production of short films for pre-schoolers, to be incorporated in "Sesame Street". These films where shot by whoever of the "partners" had time, to cover the fixed costs of the company. KATHARINA BLUM started the classic way: we were researching the characteristics of the period, the locations in Cologne, the terrorism of the mass media, but seeking the ideal casting for Katharina, the production was constantly being postponed for reasons not even Volker talks about anywhere, so...

Although I had already done a lot of thankless work I decided to resign and retire discreetly to avoid finding myself later in a worse dilemma, since the shooting of "BERLIGER" by my U.L.M. partners Brustellin and Sinkel was already planned.

Volker finally found Angela Winkler so the postponements worked out for the best.

Of course I delivered all the location scouting material and kept only a few drawings with the look of the film: Katharina's depressive environment, the coldness of the antiterrorist squad, the colourful suffocating carnival of Cologne, and the layout of the yellow paper DIE ZEITUNG. As background of the page we put the 25/02/1975 issue of the tabloid BILD, beloved in Greece, with the headline: "Baader-Meinhof (the gang) now eating caviar in their cells". Reminds me a little of some of the reports from the VIP wing of our Korydallos prison.

PLOT

PRODUCTION DESIGN

FRAMES+STILLS