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A young writer goes to Wiesbaden to write about gambling and gamblers, only to ultimately become a compulsive gambler himself. Losing all his wealth, as well as his moral fibre, he commits ... See full summary »
Mexico, 1864. The country is divided by the struggle against the French occupation and emperor Maximilian. The German doctor Karl Sternau and his friend Andreas Hasenpfeffer come to love ... See full summary »
In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall, led by Erwin Becker, a chauffeur in the car pool of the East Germany ... See full summary »
Like Peter Viertel after him Robert Siodmak was born in Dresden which after 1945 became part of East Germany. Having been more or less obliged to flee a still united Germany one jump ahead of Hitler Siodmak was arguably one mad Kraut when he returned to his homeland to round out his career. Nazi hunters are not, of course, anything new but usually the idea is to bring them to justice but Pierre Brasseur has a new wrinkle; he hunts them down in the interest of making a buck and he's doing very nicely thank you, if anybody asks you, but as we know crime doesn't pay so Brasseur winds up with a sickly smile on his face and a tablet just short of where it will do the most good. This is a fine effort from Siodmak who got in just before The Spy Who Came In From The Cold kick-started a whole new genre in film-making; had enough people seen this at the time this is the one we would be hailing as the prototype. Classy, crisp black and white photography complement a story in which everyone is black; the victims are an East European Rat Pack who don't sing or perform, whose only interest in fact is to prevent Brasseur singing. Highly recommended.
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