The character of Hans Beckert is one of the most singular in movie history: a Greig-whistling, psychopathic child-murderer haunting the back streets of Wiemar Berlin. And yet, through his brilliant portrayal by Peter Lorre, he manages to evoke a strange sympathy. Fritz Lang’s early talkie is recognised as masterpiece and still has the power to shock 85 years after its original release.
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Earlier Event: June 29The Naked Civil Servant (Jack Gold, UK, 1975)
Later Event: July 12An Englishman In New York (Richard Laxton, UK, 2009)