Ray Milland and an ominous shadow smoking a pipe in 'Minstry of Fear' (1944)
Ray Milland and an ominous shadow smoking a pipe in 'Minstry of Fear' (1944)
Ministry of Fear (1944) Park Circus

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Ministry of Fear

Fritz Lang | USA | 1941 | PG

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Wed 18 May 2022

Blacked-out wartime London provides an eerie setting for this atmospheric, shadowy, noir-like thriller involving an ex-Asylum inmate (Ray Milland) caught in the machinations of a Nazi spy ring. Lang builds up a meticulously detailed, brooding and hallucinatory world that hinges upon the possibly mad subjectivity of its central character. This Hitchcock-like confection, ensnared in a darkening, increasingly paranoid labyrinth, is based on a novel by Graham Greene and co-stars Dan Duryea and Marjorie Reynolds.

Please note that this session will be preceded by the Melbourne Cinémathèque's Annual General Meeting at 6:30pm.

Format: Black and White, DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 86 mins

Event duration

86 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Ministry of Fear (1944) – Wed 18 May at 7pm
Spione (1928) – Wed 18 May at 8.40pm

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About the program

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...

More than night- the fatal vision of Fritz Lang

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