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