Young Torless

Volker Schlondorff's 1967 film of Robert Musil's novel makes the case that tyranny wouldn't flourish if people didn't offer themselves as victims—a courageous point to make in an age when vulnerability isn't considered a sin and audiences like to have their loyalties underlined for them. Critics like to be profound by arguing the film is an apology for the Third Reich. That's debatable. The story centers on a boys' school circa 1907 and is excellently acted by Mathieu Carriere as Torless.

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