Thursday, November 14, 2013

Young Törless

1966 German/French Feature
Alternate Title: Der junge Törless

Cast: Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz, Lotte Ledl, Jean Launay and Barbara Steele
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Writers: Volker Schlöndorff and Herbert Asmodi, based on the novel by The Confusions of Young Törless by Robert Musil

At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a young man named Thomas Törless passively observes the increasingly sadistic torture of a fellow student by his classmates.



  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize.
  • German Film Awards for Outstanding Feature Film, New Director and Screenplay.

  • The autobiographical novel The Confusions of Young Törless (Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß), first published in 1906, was the literary debut of the Austrian novelist and essayist Robert Musil. The book's overt gay content was mostly eliminated in its adaptation to film.
  • Feature film debut of director Volker Schlöndorff. 
  • Young Törless was released on DVD as part of The Criterion Collection in 2005.

OMG Movie #428

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