Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Murderers Are Among Us (1946)


Cinema is yet to present us with a more radiant and porcelain-skinned concentration camp survivor than Hildegard Knef. In this - the first drama produced in Germany after the War - she symbolises forgiveness and optimism. As an alcoholic doctor traumatised by atrocities he witnessed while serving for Hitler's army, Ernst Wilhelm Borchert represents guilt and paralysis. The German people's responsibilities towards humanity after the war are addressed in very explicit and very crude terms.

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