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75 Ratings

The Murderers Are Among Us

Die Mörder sind unter uns

Directed by Wolfgang Staudte
Germany, 1946


When Susanne Wallner returns home from a concentration camp in 1945, she finds the city of Berlin in total ruins. What’s more, the traumatized and cynical surgeon Dr. Mertens has occupied her apartment and refuses to leave.

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The Murderers Are Among Us
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1947 | Grand International Award

Berlin International Film Festival

2012 | Happy Birthday, Studio Babelsberg

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  • Trolley Freak's rating of the film The Murderers Are Among Us

    One of the first films shot in the ruined streets of post war Berlin portrays German war guilt in a melodramatic manner but with an undeniable power that kicks like a mule. Knef, in her first starring role, plays a concentration camp survivor sharing her apartment with a guilt-ridden doctor who has turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism. An essential and absorbing document of a defeated nation in its darkest hours..

  • Tibulle85's rating of the film The Murderers Are Among Us

    (Vu sur Arte) Sur le papier, c'était pas gagné: 1er film de la DEFA (studio est-allemand) en 1946, chapeauté par le PC...Et pourtant, ce film magnifique sur les échos douloureux de l'après-guerre parvient à éviter quasiment tous les clichés, toutes les lourdeurs qui semblaient devoir découler mécaniquement de son contexte de production. Les deux personnages principaux sont particulièrement émouvants et mémorables!