Sep 12th 2018

Directed by Peter Lorre • 1951
In German with English subtitles

After spending eighteen years in Hollywood with small parts in big movies like “Casablanca” and “The Maltese Falcon” and big parts in small movies like the eight-film “Mr. Moto” series, Peter Lorre returned to Germany, where he would cowrite and direct his only feature, “The Lost One.” An Austro-Hungarian Jew who fled the Nazis after delivering an iconic performance as a disturbed child molester in Fritz Lang’s M, Lorre was uniquely positioned to examine the horrors of recent German history. Lorre stars as Dr. Neumeister, a doctor working selflessly in a displaced persons camp in Hamburg. When reunited with a wartime acquaintance, Lorre flashes back to his days performing nefarious medical experiments for the Nazis. His disloyal fiancée (Renate Mannhardt) is his first victim, but far from the last. A contemporary of Joseph Losey’s unfairly maligned American remake of “M,” “The Lost One” is another gloss on Lang’s classic, continuing the tradition of using lurid crime stories to indict a whole society. Roundly rejected by German audiences conditioned to accept a new Allied order without recrimination, “The Lost One” did not receive an American release until 1983. (KW)

98 min • Arnold Pressburger Filmproduktion • 35mm from the Goethe-Institut, permission Beta Films

General Admission: $7

Screening in The Auditorium @ NEIU – Building E (3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.)

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