THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE
1933, Kino Lorber, 122 min, Germany, Dir: Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang’s final film before fleeing Nazi Germany picks up where DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER left off a decade earlier - in the insane asylum where Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge, even more sinister than he was in METROPOLIS) has been confined. From his cell, the criminal mastermind churns out pages of mysterious writing - which Inspector Lohmann (Otto Wernicke, playing the same character he did in M) believes are connected to a wave of terror sweeping Berlin. In German with English subtitles.


HANGMEN ALSO DIE!
1943, Cohen Film, 134 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Bertolt Brecht co-wrote this story about a Czech man (Brian Donlevy) on the run after killing a brutal SS officer during the Nazi occupation. Frequent Brecht collaborator Hanns Eisler supplied the Oscar-nominated score, and cinematographer James Wong Howe gave this tense thriller plenty of noir atmosphere. With Gene Lockhart and Walter Brennan.


SCARLET STREET
1945, Kino Lorber, 103 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang’s classic film noir reunited his WOMAN IN THE WINDOW stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea in a reworking of Jean Renoir’s 1931 LA CHIENNE. Robinson’s middle-aged bookkeeper and amateur artist becomes hopelessly ensnared by the seductive Bennett and her lover-pimp, Duryea. The result is a psychological thriller, with Robinson’s increasing desperation contrasting with his predators’ unremitting ruthlessness. As with WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, Lang reveals the potential criminal in the average citizen.


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