Brooding, melancholic and endlessly atmospheric and moody, Lorre's only directorial effort is a bit of a jumbled mess of only half baked ideas. It's a film with a lot on its mind, it's a fascinating study of an outsider's descent into murder while also being a look at German identity, which is muddled ultimately with an attempt at a conspiracy plot. Occasionally incredible but ultimately frustrating. 3/5
Two decades after his acting triumph in Lang's M, Lorre returned to post-war Germany for his sole venture behind the camera. It's an intensely brooding melodrama heavily influenced by German Expressionism, little seen since its original release. Lorre plays a chain smoking, weary looking doctor in a camp for displaced persons who recalls his murderous past in flashbacks before the film ends in memorably bleak style..