Maybe a bit ridiculous to reply to a decade-old post, but why not-
Did anyone else who saw this lose some empathy for Katahrina when it was revealed that she witheld information? I don't want to give it away so it's hard for me to describe, but we find out about it at her Aunt's house.
I could see how some might feel that way at first but not by the time the movie finishes. It might take repeat viewings to catch it- late in the movie one of the supporting characters reveals in a brief aside that Jürgen Prochnow's character (Ludwig Götter)
isn't even a terrorist or bank robber. Merely a deserter who stole money from his military unit.
Maybe it was wrong for Katherina to withhold information. But as a lonely innocent housemaid, oblivious to politics but not saintly, her loyalties lie with one of the few men to have treated her decently in the recent past- the accused terrorist. The state, the media and the segment of the general public influenced by that media rob her dignity. The only ones acting monstrously are the ones doing the accusing.
Was struck by a brief passage in the Heinrich Böll documentary where he states how paralyzed he felt from writing as the German government was cracking down on civil liberties during that time period. Once again one can find strong echoes to the current situation with our writers in this side of the pond
Not to say that early seventies West Germany exactly matches up with over here today. We may not have Bild-Zeitung, but we do have a nationalist propaganda TV channel and we have an all-right wing secret court
. Considering Guantanamo and other situations, it shouldn't be a stretch to say that there've been various Katharina Blums over the last decade in this country.