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Murderers Among Us (1946)

Die Mörder sind unter uns (original title)
After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

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Wolfgang Staudte
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hildegard Knef ... Susanne Wallner
Elly Burgmer Elly Burgmer ... Mutter des kranken Kindes
Erna Sellmer ... Elise Brueckner
Hilde Adolphi Hilde Adolphi ... Daisy
Marlise Ludwig Marlise Ludwig ... Sonja
Ursula Krieg Ursula Krieg ... Carola Schulz
Arno Paulsen Arno Paulsen ... Ferdinand Brueckner
Wilhelm Borchert Wilhelm Borchert ... Dr. Hans Mertens (as W. Borchert)
Robert Forsch Robert Forsch ... Herr Mondschein
Albert Johannes Albert Johannes ... Bartolomaeus Timm (as A. Johannes)
Wolfgang Dohnberg Wolfgang Dohnberg ... Fritz Knochenhauer
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ... Arzt
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Storyline

Susanne Wallner returns to the ruins of Berlin from a Concentration Camp after WW2 to discover that someone else lives in her apartment: Dr. Hans Mertens, the war made him depressive and he drinks a lot of alcohol. Susanne asks him to go but he doesn't want to, so they share Susanne's apartment and even discover their sympathy and then their love for each other. That encourages him a little, of course. But then he hears that Ferdinand Brückner is still alive and also lives in Berlin. Brückner was his Captain during WW2, he gave the order to kill more than 100 innocent people, many children and women among them, on Christmas 1942 in Poland. Written by Cinemator

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murderers Among Us See more »

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Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Melancholy of the Film
30 July 2007 | by mjb0123See all my reviews

Unit 5 film discussion Matt Butcher The Murderers Are Among Us is a film made immediately after World War II in East Germany. The melancholy of the film is derived from its main characters, a female concentration camp survivor who returns to her old apartment to find it occupied by an ex-military doctor. This military doctor drives the main conflict of the film in that his conscience is slowly eating away at him for his apparent actions during the war.

In this regard, the film acts as a conscience for the people of East Germany, slowly asking themselves about their past and how they are going to live with it. It was a tumultuous period of reconciliation that the Germans were trying to live through. This movie tries to act on those feelings.

Silberman notes that another film of this time, Rotation, "constructs a narration based on identification and emotional catharsis rather than on the cognitive terms of epic distanciation." The Murderers Are Among Us also tries to wipe the slate clean. It comes out and admits that what happened was wrong, hence the horrible feelings that the doctor is going through. They cannot completely distance themselves from these previous events, these earth-shattering events, unless they work through these feelings.


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