Die Verrohung des Franz Blum

GER 1974
Director : Reinhard Hauff
Cast : Burkhard Driest, Jürgen Prochnow, Eike Gallwitz, Tilo Prückner, Karl-Heinz Merz, Claus-Dieter Reents

104 Min. | DF | Deutsche Fassung

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Burkhard Driest‘s autobiographical novel »The Brutalisation of Franz Blum« delivers the plot for the film of the same name. The insurance salesman Blumis presented as an honest character in the harsh world of the penal system ofthe 70s and is now confronted with prison‘s hierarchical and corrupt structure. He quickly learns who has which rank and scrupulously uses this knowledge for his own means. This is how this anti-hero rises up the ladder in the prison‘shierarchy and leaves his adversary Kuul – played by Driest himself – quickly behind. Willingly the other inmates adjust to the new totalitarian structures; only the quiet student Bielich, who suffers from heart disease, is skeptical. For Burkhard Driest, this socially critical 1973 film was a breakthrough. With »The Brutalisation of Franz Blum« he did not just deliver a critical portrait of thepenal system, but also a skillful criticism of capitalism and societal norms. It‘s contemplation of people‘s susceptibility to totalitarianism is as relevant todayas it was in the 70s.