Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Lost One (Peter Lorre, 1951)

***
Germany

Peter Lorre's sole directorial effort is this fascinating, fact-based but confounding indictment of unofficial Nazi politics. At the beginning of the picture he's a doctor with a patently nasty secret who comes face to face with a shady figure from his past. After a rambling conversation follows a rambling flashback, which morphs from espionage melodrama to serial killer psychodrama to conspiracy melodrama. It's difficult and only occasionally interesting to follow. The Expressionist-flavoured visuals though are arresting.

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At 8:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the entry on Peter Lorre's movie "Der Verlorene" and illustrating it with an image of his biography, The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen Youngkin. The official website for the book is here, at www.PeterLorreBook.com.

Cheryl

 

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