Based on an actual case, Lang’s late expressionist masterpiece provides a remarkable insight into the mind and paranoid world of a serial child murderer (brilliantly played to the expressive hilt by Peter Lorre in his career-defining role). Featuring some of the most iconic images and sounds of post-silent cinema – its command of silence, expressive sound and art direction is extraordinary – and brilliantly shot by Fritz Arno Wagner (Nosferatu and Spione), Lang’s opus is a fascinating time-capsule portrait of a seething, dog-eat-dog, (a)moral underworld soon to be swamped by the tide of Nazism.
Also screening on Wed 4 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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