After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to ... See full summary »
Peter Winkler's new job offer is about to take him away from his lover Hella, but he has been keeping it a secret from her. Mutual lack of trust and vicious gossip threatens their relationship as they plan to make their farewells.
Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang, an officer, gentleman, antiquarian, gigolo, at the moment a ... See full summary »
Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht (1931) is well worth viewing.
The hand of Billie (sic) Wilder in the writing is clearly evident. The directing by Robert Siodmak once again, if we needed any more evidence, shows a master of film noir present in 1931; but further research on the cinematographers will unearth more about that, in all probability. The framing and lensing are simply beautiful. This is a comedy. A suicidal man hires a contract killer to kill him. The killer he hires is part of a business. Unlike the Richard Dix Whistler scenario, this one is played in a seriocomic way. The first killer fails, while trying 3 different techniques. He sells the contract to a second killer, "Jim, the Man with a Scar". This, by the way, is how the title of the restored film print reads, as opposed to "The Man in Search of his Murderer". By this time, the target has fallen in love and his girl is trying to save him.
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