The cast of 'While the City Sleeps' (1956)
The cast of 'While the City Sleeps' (1956)
While the City Sleeps (1956) Roadshow

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

While the City Sleeps

Fritz Lang | USA | 1956 | Unclassified (15+)

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Reportedly one of Lang’s own personal favourites – and his penultimate American film – this key urban noir builds on the centripetal viewpoint of M as an entire city is drawn into the search for a serial murderer (the 'Lipstick Killer'). Cinematographer Ernest Laszlo (Kiss Me Deadly) brilliantly captures the seedy underbelly of a metropolis as Lang focuses his sharp and cynical lens on the news media industry. The typically sultry Ida Lupino is a standout here, as is Vincent Price as a feckless mogul. With Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Rhonda Fleming and Thomas Mitchell.

Format: Black and White, Digital
Language: English
Source: Roadshow
Duration: 100 mins


100 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 4 May


More than Night: The Fatal Vision of Fritz Lang

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While the City Sleeps (1956) – Wed 4 May at 9.10pm
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Cloak and Dagger (1946)– Wed 11 May at 8.55pm
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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