Made between La tendre ennemie and Yoshiwara, Max Ophuls’ only Dutch film is a big budget moral comedy about the problem of money involving a bank clerk who accidentally misplaces 300,000 guilders and is accused of theft.
Brilliantly shot by Eugen Schüfftan, and deploying elaborate sets and striking Amsterdam locations, this bracingly paradoxical film uses extravagant means to critique the morality of capitalism.
Shifting effortlessly between realism and expressionism, this underrated film deploys many characteristic Ophulsian techniques including a carnival barker who cheekily oversees proceedings.
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