The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
While the City Sleeps
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.
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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