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Rated NR · 131 minutes · 1943

Fritz Lang collaborated with Bertolt Brecht in creating this 1943 account of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Reichsprotektor of Czechoslovakia. For once, the needs of art and propaganda meet: the film contains several interesting twists on familiar Lang themes, describing the events that follow a murder rather than those leading up to it. Brecht cunningly has his Gestapo agents speaking in the patois of Chicago gangsters, and Lang conceives the Czechoslovakian underground as a benign parallel to the vast criminal organizations that figure in so many of his films.
Director: Fritz Lang
Producer: Fritz Lang
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, Dennis O'Keefe, Alexander Granach, Margaret Wycherly, Nana Bryant, Billy Roy, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Tonio Selwart, Jonathan Hale, Lionel Stander, Byron Foulger and Virginia Farmer

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