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  1. Andre's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Lang uses a minimal visual style here, but his unique method of intercutting works wonders. Every scene, in microcosm, essentially involves two or more people engaged in mutual deception. Barrymore's killer enters the mis - en - scene as an unbalaning element, disrupting the flow of everybody's life - a pretty unique idea for a serial killer film.

  2. Duncan Gray's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    I hereby erase my lukewarm 3 star review and bump it up to 4 with a better appreciation of irony. It falls short of Lang's Hollywood peak, but it's close: a chase plot kicked off by a serial killer with stunted, repressed male sexuality, where the people who hunt him have more socially acceptable (but not exactly innocent) outlets for their sex drives and hangups. Have fun spotting the subtexts and contrasts.

  3. De La Ghetto's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    A very underrated and under-appreciated movie.

  4. OldGermanCurrency's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

  5. FISCHER's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Thriller épatant, doublé d'une critique acerbe du milieu journalistique. Un très beau classique du cinéma noir américain qui n'a pris aucune ride ni perdu de sa pugnacité... www.cinefiches.com

  6. SpacePirate's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Great late period Lang. This is many types of films rolled into one. Police procedural, psychological thriller, and a commentary on journalism in general. Sanders, Andrews, Price, Lupino, etc are all excellent in their roles, and though this film is particularly star studded, it still has a B noir feel throughout. At times it reminds of Dassin's Naked City, and thats def not a bad thing. 4 stars, a forgotten gem.

  7. Aardsy's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Don't let murder get in the way of office politics.

  8. VincentVendetta's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Lang transplants M in the frenzy of the new spectacular media, pushing further the megalomaniac killers and damsels in distress.

  9. Maudealan's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    The meatier of the two late Lang movies with Andrews and also the seedier, plus Ida Lupino plus serial killer plus multimedia conglomerate infighting. All in all really good

  10. Diderot's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    The after-birth of Noir: still somewhat cynical, but with an optimist's sense of humor (the propitious peripeteia).

  11. L'immoralistee's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

  12. Illusion Travels By Streetcar's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    "That's the end of every biography online, 'He was in Contempt, and then he died.'" http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2015/07/episode-64-films-noir-of-fritz-lang.html

  13. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Am I the only who feels like Hitchcock must have seen this film before he made Psycho, since the first 5 minutes, from the murder in the shower to the momma's boy of a killer, seem awfully familiar. That would be nice, since it would give me a reason to care about that film even less. In any case, this was another solid noir by Lang where for once the crime wasn't even the most interesting aspect.

  14. orangey's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    while the audicence sleeps......this is a routine studio picture complete with a 2 cent love story in wich a stereotype of a "serial killer" happens to walk in.It's light years away from Lang's own M and feels more like a comedy than Monsieur Verdoux(way better and made in the late 40's).It's free of any film noir distinct visual style and it moves unraturally slow for something made in the 50's.Avoid at all costs.

  15. Brandon Nowalk's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

  16. Endre's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Strangely great and fascinating. Somewhat boring and stiff in its studio-mannerisms, but in the end it all just work to evoke this pervasive feeling of inorganic dread. "Come on, we're cultured adults", someone says near the end, and it's right in all the wrong ways. A tragicomedy (which is not particularly funny, nor entertaining) on competative capitalism & mass media.

  17. Juurakkotukka's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    The most chauvinist film I have ever seen. Made me un-fan Fritz Lang.

  18. pedro eira's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

  19. Ingrid Bergman's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Ida Lupino steals all of her scenes as Mildred Donner.

  20. Adam Suraf's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    Solid newspaper flick directed by Fritz Lang (his penultimate American film), with Dana Andrews as a Winchell-esque TV man caught in the middle of a murder story, and power play involving Vincent Price, George Sanders, and Thomas Mitchell. Those four alone are worth the price of admission, and Ida Lupino's here too!

  21. chanandre's rating of the film While the City Sleeps

    [Cinémathèque PT #161: 35 mm]