Directed by Volker Schlondorff
In his first
feature film, Volker Schlondorff created a milestone of the new German
cinema and crystalized the emotions of a country still struggling to come to
terms with its recent past of Nazi horror. Based on Robert Musil's novel,
the film is a chilling parable of how people could come to accept the worst
in human behavior. Set in a military boarding school, the story follows a
shy, intelligent boy who witnesses, but does not report, the humiliation and
torture of a fellow classmate. When he finally comes to realize his moral
obligation to help the abused student, he finds it may be too late. Starring
Mathieu Carriere, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer and Barbara Steele.
German with English subtitles. 87 minutes.