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25 Ratings

Hitler's Madman

Directed by Douglas Sirk
United States, 1943
Drama, War


Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.

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Hitler's Madman Directed by Douglas Sirk

Critics reviews

The Nazis are portrayed as viciously anti-Christian. (Although the screenplay was partly written by the Yiddish-language playwright Peretz Hirschbein, Nazi anti-Semitism is not a factor.) Religious iconography adds to the dark fairy-tale ambience. The most alarming special effect is John Carradine’s performance as Heydrich, gaunt and implacable as a medieval Death.
March 03, 2016
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The Lang film [Hangmen Also Die!] is, I think, superior all round, but the two make interesting companions and Sirk’s is tougher, in a way. Lang’s movie, originally written by Brecht, attempts to build in a small victory, as a villainous collaborator is framed for the assassination. Sirk ends with the death of Lidice and its populace as spirits, calling for the audience to avenge them.
December 24, 2015
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