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420 Ratings

Hangmen Also Die!

Directed by Fritz Lang
United States, 1943
Film noir


During the Nazi occupation of Prague, a Czech patriot assassinates the brutal “Hangman of Europe”, Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich. But his getaway car is found, and the hunt begins…

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Hangmen Also Die! Directed by Fritz Lang

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1946 | Special Mention: International Critics Award (Feature Films)

Academy Awards

1944 | 2 nominations including: Best Sound, Recording

Evincing conspicuous survival skills… Svoboda is a thinking person’s freedom fighter, and the actor’s passive tendencies serve him well when receiving instruction, as he frequently is. We see him reasoning, carefully weighing the merits of incoming advice—a difficult process to convey without words. Brecht’s screenplay is suffused with speeches and Svoboda mostly listens and absorbs, making him that rare thing, then as now: a man of conscience, attuned to ideas as well as actions.
July 01, 2017
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The film’s array of Nazis is its best point (aside from Lang’s bleakly beautiful mise-en-scene, of course, and his crisp cutting, many scenes joined together by questions asked in one scene and answered in another, or phrases begun in one place and completed elsewhere. Is this where Welles got the idea for KANE’s scene-linking?).
June 17, 2017
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It’s simultaneously a crackling espionage thriller, a work of decidedly non-uplifting Allied propaganda, a congenitally anti-German diatribe, a plea for a treacly strain of politically-engaged art, and a romance that exudes as much passion as a cooties-fearing five-year-old.
July 15, 2016
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