The master leaves Hollywood the same way he entered, by inquiring on America's death penalty. It's a slow burn, one that may seem like a rethread of past glories, but the reward is worth it. Lang manages to make a film where everyone is simultaneously innocent and guilty. It's also obviously autobiographical, as the old man who is against the penalty and who launched this whole affair is clearly a stand in for Lang.
Lang's last American film is certainly not least! This one has some pretty surprising twists to it with some very tense moments towards the end. That being said, it should be warned that this one suffers a bit from a low budget feel. A shame a master like Lang wasn't given more to work with, however, he takes Andrews and co. as far as he can, making a very unconventional and successful noir/murder picture. 4 stars
Rivals Murnau's The Last Laugh for terrible, weird endings that ruin otherwise incredible films. Very disappointing, as the courtroom scenes, reminiscent of M, are the most tense and thought-provoking moments of his American period.