The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum and Coup de Grâce
by Joe Pettit, Jr.
The twenty-year marriage between Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta bore artistic fruit in the world of West German cinema. The Criterion Collection has recently released on DVD two of their more noteworthy collaborations from the mid-1970s, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Heinrich Boll, and Coup de Grace, based on Marguerite Yourcenar's novel.
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