British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gunsight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.
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Joan does Hedy in one of the worst cockney accents ever put on film. George Sanders is absolutely amazing, and Walter Pidgeon and Fritz Lang do their part for the war effort. It was labeled propaganda at the time, but the appeasement clearly wasn't working. Read Kasman's article on this film. It has great insights on Lang's methodology.
Though obviously a propaganda film against the nazis, it doesn't entirely let the other countries off the hook by criticizing their lack of action. With such a subject matter, you'd think this would be rather dark and pessimistic, which it slightly is near the end, but it is mostly light-hearted and tonally similar to North By Northwest and The 39 Steps. Politically didactic but also an immensely watchable Lang.
Great storyline masterfully directed by Fritz Lang and featuring talented actors. However, Joan Bennett's attempt at a British accent was dreadful (and that's being polite) and the script wasn't great especially the dialogues between the 2 leads.
an espionage thriller with some noir qualities, this fritz lang masterpiece is not only a romantic tour de force as the first anti-nazi film in cinema history. with a powerful cast (pidgeon, bennet, sanders, mcdowall, carradine), gorgeous photography, incredible locations and atmosphere, this film is all about one thing: the will of every single person to fight for what he believes in: love and humanity, most of all.
I don't know whether you're like me or not but when I see 'Man Hunt' I smell the masterpiece from the first minute of the film on. I don't need to analyze the movie, I don't need to thoroughly examine the credits to inwardly feel that what I'm seeing is worthy to stay in the annals of Cinema. When I spend 105 minutes without looking at my watch, it's enough for me. Respect. Indispensable. See it on Blu-Ray.
Ever the iconoclast, Lang underscores scenes of conversation with a melodramatic soundtrack, but allows scenes of action & suspense to play out against the sound of heightened actuality. Combined with a political commentary wielded like a sledgehammer & a subtext about war turning pacifists into killers, the films feels almost as Brechtian as the subsequent Hangmen Also Die! Lang's filmmaking is as ever astonishing.
Part noir, part melodrama and a wholly satisfying thriller. The plot unravels at a grippingly steady, brisk pace. The cinematography is crisp and sharp, but also wonderfully subdued when it needs to be, perfectly complementing the foggy London locations where the story mainly takes place. John Carradine's sinister performance as Pidgeon's relentless pursuer is genuinely chilling and maniacally terrifying.