“Suggested by” Corey Ford and Alastair MacBain’s 1946 nonfiction book of the same name, this derring-do-filled tribute to the wartime operations of the US Office of Strategic Services is, for all its patriotic intent, an Atomic Age thriller awash in Langian paranoia, replete with suspenseful set-pieces and surprisingly bracing violence. Gary Cooper and Lilli Palmer (in her first Hollywood role) enjoy surprising chemistry as the leads; the ominous score is by Max Steiner. Screenwriters Albert Maltz and Ring Lardner, Jr. would both later be amongst the blacklisted 'Hollywood Ten'.
Also screening on Wed 11 May
Fritz Lang (1890–1976) was a master of both expressionism and film noir whose career spanned almost 50 years, taking him from the vibrant and highly influential German studio system of the pre-Nazi era to many of the Hollywood majors. Often described as a film director’s director, Lang was a virtuoso of the moving image...
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Australia's longest-running film society, Melbourne Cinémathèque screens significant works of international cinema in the medium they were created, the way they would have originally screened.
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