Hangmen Also Die (1943)
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as Nasha Novotny
as Prof. Novotny
as Emil Czaka
as Jan Horek
as Alois Gruber
as Aunt Ludmilla Novotn...
as Mrs. Novotny
as Beda Novotny
as Haas, Gestapo Chief
as Mrs. Dvorak
as Dr. Pilar
as Necval the Poet
as Itnut, Camp Officer
as Rudy, a Hostage
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as Inspector Ritter
as Cab Driver
as Liberal Official
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Critic Reviews for Hangmen Also Die
Although Director Fritz Lang gives this familiar material occasional touches of distinction, the picture still misses Grade A rank.
From a directorial standpoint this is a triumph for Fritz Lang, who succeeds with singular success in capturing the spirit of the Czech people in the face of the Nazi reign of terror.
For all of Mr. Lang's finesse, his film is too patient -- it runs well over two hours -- too ponderous to hit its stride as melodrama. Nor does it match in emotional power and conviction its heroic theme.
The two-and-a-quarter-hour film has the iconic thrust of a silent; the pro-sacrifice resistance cant has an oddly jihadist tenor today.
Superb performances throughout, while James Wong Howe's photography perfectly captures the spirit of the occupied city, where hiding places are few and far from safe.
Audience Reviews for Hangmen Also Die
I find that Fritz Lang's films are often hit-or-miss, but even when they miss, they're still usually interesting failures. "Hangmen Also Die!" isn't a failure at all, but it is too long and not as tensely directed as it should have been. What could have been a riveting thriller about the Czechs getting their revenge against the Nazis ends up being kind of exciting but nonetheless forgettable. Side note: it was co-written by noted German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who seldom wrote screenplays.
the weakest Fritz Lang film I've seen thus far; likely do to Hollywood Producer interference. Still the film contains flashes of Lang's brilliant use of sound and his distinct visual style.
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