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Der Verlorene

  • Film

Time Out says

Der Verlorene would have been remarkable in virtually any context; as a product of the depressed German film industry of the post-war years, it's absolutely phenomenal. It was Lorre's only film as writer/director, and it clearly represents a personal comment on the side of Germany that forced him into exile in 1933, just as his own performance in the lead is a rethinking of the psychopath roles that he played in M and many Hollywood movies. The plot, developed entirely in flashbacks, shows how research doctor Rothe (Lorre) is forced into political complicity with the Nazis by their shrewd, cold-blooded exploitation of his emotional and psychological weaknesses; everything about it (including the spasms of expressionism in the imagery) is haunted by a sense of the German past, until the powerhouse melodrama of the ending rockets the film into the even bleaker present.
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Release Details

  • Duration:98 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Peter Lorre
  • Screenwriter:Peter Lorre, Benno Vigny, Axel Eggebrecht
  • Cast:
    • Peter Lorre
    • Karl John
    • Helmut Rudolph
    • Renate Mannhardt
    • Johanna Hofer
    • Lotte Rausch
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