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Hangmen Also Die!
     

Hangmen Also Die!

Director: Fritz Lang

Cast: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee

 

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Betrayal and intrigue are the deceptions du jour in Fritz Lang's masterpiece of nightmarishly noir paranoid cinema, arriving on DVD courtesy of Kino Video. Though bare bones in regards to extra features and bells and whistles, fans of the film will nevertheless enjoy legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe's moody photography, presented here digitally

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Betrayal and intrigue are the deceptions du jour in Fritz Lang's masterpiece of nightmarishly noir paranoid cinema, arriving on DVD courtesy of Kino Video. Though bare bones in regards to extra features and bells and whistles, fans of the film will nevertheless enjoy legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe's moody photography, presented here digitally mastered from a newly struck 35 mm print. Audio is presented in English Dolby Digital Mono.

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Fritz Lang's only collaboration with his friend and fellow German émigré, the playwright Bertolt Brecht (who later disowned it), tells the story of a group of Czech resistance fighters during World War II: ordinary citizens who band together to harbor the film's hero, Dr. Svoboda (Brian Donlevy), who is involved in the assassination of a Nazi officer. One can understand why the uncompromising Brecht would be disappointed in the result, which smoothes over his radical ideas in an attempt to make a commercially viable picture. The clichéd Nazi villains come across as broad caricatures -- one of them even sports a monocle and utters the line "we have ways of making you talk" -- and the heroic villagers tend to be equally indistinguishable in their stoic wholesomeness. But despite these concessions to what was believed to be popular taste, Lang still manages to convey the very real cruelty of the Nazis, and works in some brilliant suspense sequences. Worth it for master cinematographer James Wong Howe's gorgeously detailed chiaroscuro images alone, Hangmen Also Die also includes one of Lang's most beautifully designed set pieces: the murder of a Nazi officer that plays out in the eerie silence of an empty hospital locker room, and ends with the chilling image of a bowler hat lazily rolling across the floor.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2000
UPC:
0738329014322
Original Release:
1943
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:14:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Donlevy Dr. Franz Svoboda
Walter Brennan Prof. Stephan Novotny
Anna Lee Mascha Novotny
Gene Lockhart Emil Cruka
Dennis O'Keefe Jan Horek
Alexander Granach Alois Gruber
Margaret Wycherly Aunt Ludmilla Novotny
Nana Bryant Mrs. Novotny
Billy Roy Beda Novotny
Tonio Selwart Haas, Gestapo Chief
Jonathan Hale Dedic
Lionel Stander Taxi Driver
Byron Foulger Bartos
Virginia Farmer Landlady
Ludwig Donath Schirmer
Sarah Padden Mrs. Dvorak
Edmund MacDonald Dr. Pilar
George S. Irving Neeval
James Bush Peacock
Arno Frey Camp Lieutenant
Lester Sharpe Rudy, a Hostage
Arthur Loft Gen. Votruba Bertruba
William Farnum Viktorin
Erville Alderson Liberal Official
William Benedict Hostage
Ralph Dunn Policeman
William Haade Patriot
Emmett Lynn Actor
Philip Merivale Actor
Charles B. Middleton Actor
Otto Reichow Gestapo
Philip Van Zandt Officer
Emmett Vogan Actor
Eddy Waller Cab Driver
Reinhold Schünzel Inspector Ritter
Dwight Frye Actor
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Reinhard Heydrich

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director,Producer
Eleanor Behm Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Coslow Songwriter
William S. Darling Art Director
Hanns Eisler Score Composer,Songwriter
Gene Fowler Editor
Arthur Guttman Musical Direction/Supervision
Julia Heron Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Mayo Asst. Director
Arnold Pressburger Producer
John Wexley Screenwriter
Jack Whitney Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. Opening Titles [6:41]
2. The Hangman Is Shot [11:55]
3. An Uninvited Guest [10:15]
4. Interrogation [9:36]
5. Seeing Dr. Svoboda [10:14]
6. Gestapo Headquarters [9:13]
7. The Third Degree [9:39]
8. Underground [7:50]
9. Final Words [6:34]
10. A Trap for Czaka [8:35]
11. A Tryst of Fate [10:55]
12. Angels of Death [7:27]
13. Retribution [7:52]
14. Jan's Redemption [5:39]
15. Surgical Showdown [5:27]
16. A Traitor's Execution [6:04]

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