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cover: Young Torless (Der Junge Törless)

Young Torless (Der Junge Törless)

Director(s): Volker Schlondorff

Theatrical Release: 1966

Cast: Mathieu Carriere, Barbara Steele, Herbert Asmodi, Lotte Ledl, Fred Dietz, Marian Seidowsky

Genre(s): Drama, period piece, coming-of-age, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: Germany (East/West), France

Location in store: German Directors > Volker Schlondorff

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Running Time: 90m.

Robert Musil's novel Die Verwirrungen des Zoglings Torless was the source for this allegorical German film. Mathieu Carriere plays Torless, a student in a costly boarding school during the glory days of the Hapsburg empire. While at school, Carriere is a bystander to the sadistic behavior of fellow students Alfred Dietz and Bernd Tischer. Carriere watches with fascination, but does nothing to intervene or to help his classmates' hapless victims. When Carriere finally does blow the whistle on his friends, it is he who is "invited" to leave the school. If you miss the parallels in Young Torless to the Nazi years, then you aren't watching very carefully...or perhaps you're not watching at all. — Hal Erickson (


Criterion Collection DVD #279 Special Features:

+ New, restored digital transfer

+ 2004 video interview with writer-director Volker Schlöndorff in which he talks about the making of the film and reflects upon its impact

+ Rare presentation of the original score by acclaimed composer Hans Werner Henze (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Swann in Love), with a video introduction by Volker Schlöndorff

+ Original theatrical trailer

+ New and improved English subtitle translation