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Fritz Lang United States, 1943

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Hangmen Also Die!

You need only to watch Lang's last films in Germany and first in America to see how much he feared the crowd becoming a mob. But suppose a place where a conspiracy of the crowd was justice? It is propaganda, with very American "Czechs", a tin-eared patriotic poetry jam, and Hollywoodisms that Brecht hated. Still, allow that its director wanted to be broadly urgent more than pure, and it can be thrillingly calculated.