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Peter Lorre first and only directorial effort is starkly reminiscent of his Weimar roots in both style and performance. Dr. Rothe(Peter Lorre) kills his fiance after discovering that she has been giving his research to allied forces during the second world war. Seeking punishment for his act Rothe turns himself in to the Gestappo only to be released because the murder of his wife is seen as "necessary" towards the perseverance of the Nazi-Reich. The state sanctioning of his murderous actions sets him on a killing spree, were he murders young women who resemble his wife. The story is told in retrospect after the war, when Rothe is working as a doctor in a Polish refugee camp. Der Verlorene plays in undeniable parallel to the troubles faced by Lorre upon his return to Germany after years in exile from Hitler's third Reich, focusing on feelings of alienation from a land he once knew. This film isn't as exciting as some of its noir-counterparts, but it is none the less a gritty and dark. Also, Peter Lorre's stellar on screen performance gives this film that extra spark.
This is hard-to-find acutely creepy Lorre film. I's great for his POV. You can see where he was going. If he'd only had a budget and crew:(
Warning! The Surgeon General has determined you might get lung cancer just by watching this movie.
Peter Lorre returned to his native Germany in 1950 to write, direct and star in this film about a displaced person after the war who was thought to be dead. During the war he was a German biologist working with the Nazis. When his fiance sells some of his work to the allies he kills her...and discovers he likes it. He then looks for opportunities to kill again.
Nice black and white cinematography of post war Germany. The film moves a little too slow, but Lorre is good despite the 100 or so cigarettes he smokes throughout. One of the last films Lorre did before he bloated.
Peter Lorre's self-reflective and innovative tale of crime and punishment. A lost gem in German film history.
The plot is a little confusing and the direction drags at times (I guess maybe this is why Lorre only directed one film) but some of the editing is great (I'm a huge fan of graphic matches), some of the long takes are wonderful and Lorre himself is fabulous in this particular film. Of course, Lorre is always fabulous, but still.
Beaucoup, beaucoup de blabla malheureusement, dans ce film realise a la maniere d'un Hemingway qui ecrit un roman. C'est bien le premier film d'un grand acteur. Il merite d'etre vu malgre ses imperfections.
peter lorre is one of my favourite supporting actors in good old hollywood, this is the only film he directed and I didn't really know what to make of it, but certainly the positive things outweighed the negative ones.
Amazing; this movie is so hard to find,it's a sort of 'lost' treasure in its own right. It's a tour de force directorial debut, bleakly beautiful. Its lack of success at the time discouraged Lorre from any more directing. It would remain, like Laughton's 'Night of the Hunter', an isolated yet shining endeavour in the career of an extraordinary actor