Man Hunt tells the story of a hunter betrayed by nature, an attempted murder gone wrong, and the spy games that arise when nothing less than the stronghold of Hitler’s Third Reich is at stake. Upon a cliff overseeing the home of the führer, Englishman Captain Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) watches the tyrant through a crosshair. He pulls the trigger and an empty click vibrates the screen before the hunter takes out a bullet and loads it into the chamber. As in most of Lang’s works, it’s the most minor of things that tip the needle. Thorndike is captured by commandant Quive-Smith (George Sanders, a figure of disciplined menace) and asked to sign a contract that gives Germany motive to invade England. He refuses; they push him off a cliff. —Filmcritic.com
Born in Vienna in 1890, Fritz Lang was brought up in Viennese middle-class comfort by his Roman Catholic father Anton and his Jewish mother Paula Schleisinger who both hoped that young Fritz would become an architect. But like so many middle-class children of the new century, Lang was fascinated by the pulp and fantasy literature of his day, the art world both in and outside Vienna and a potent new form of entertainment that invited artistic scrutiny and craftsmanship, the motion picture. Though the teenaged Lang attended school as his parents wished, he secretly haunted the cafe’s and cabarets of Vienna and intended to become a painter like his idols Klimt and Schile. At aged 21 Lang’s yearning took him to Paris where he lived in Bohemian splendor until the outbreak of W.W.I. Returning to Vienna, Lang enlisted in the Austrian army where he repeatedly saw combat, was wounded at least three times and decorated twice.
It was while on leave recuperating from one of these wounds… read more
Não estava fácil pra ninguém na 2ªGuerra, nem mesmo para Fritz Lang. Em um filme centrado na figura do herói indestrutível - o modelo é americano mas o sotaque é britânico - seguimos sua tentativa de sobreviver aos vilões nazistas, enquanto se apaixona à inglesa por uma jovem inocente. As marcas do Expressionismo Alemão ainda se deixam ver em meio aos cenários de estúdio e o discurso inflamado. Vale a curiosidade.
an espionage thriller with some noir qualities, this fritz lang masterpiece is not only a romantic tour de force as the first anti-nazi film in cinema history. with a powerful cast (pidgeon, bennet, sanders, mcdowall, carradine), gorgeous photography, incredible locations and atmosphere, this film is all about one thing: the will of every single person to fight for what he believes in: love and humanity, most of all.
A brief look at Hollywood genre filmmaking from 1941 – 2010 through films screened at the Viennale by Lang, Ford, Carpenter and Scott.