A Tale Of A Woman Driven To Madness And Murder?

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The film is a tale of a woman driven to madness and murder as a result of a false and misleading report by news magazine – the News. Katharina Blum attended a party at the home of her friend, and met Ludwig Gotten, who has been under police surveillance for robbery. After dancing with him, she takes him to her apartment where they spend the night and helps him escape out of the building by showing him and escape route. The next morning, the police question her regarding Ludwig 's whereabouts and whether she was involved in any criminal activities on his behalf. As she leaves with the police, several pictures of her are taken by a photographer from News. Totges, a report from News, then publishes a report accusing her of being a communist. He interviews her close associates including her former husband and her ailing mother. Their comments were twisted and published against her. Katharina angered by her mother 's death, the interviews, her labeling as a communist, sexual remark, and total lie, she decides to revenge on Totges. The narrator clearly examines the use and misuse of a medium towards an individual or …show more content…
In the film, the press shows off its prowess by publicly demoralizing individuals within the society. The press publishes articles with false stories that tarnish out the image and dignity. The press misrepresents the truth by showing the public that Katharina engages casually in sexual activities and that she is of an improper behavior when in fact she is quite the opposite. In the film, the actual Katharina is nicknamed by her friends us "the nun", an indication of her being the opposite (Zipes, 1977). The press also distributes false and misleading information on communism in other western countries, which spreads fear to those against the accepted social system, hence persuading the majority to oppress potential threat to their power and supporting the existing

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