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My Favorite Kind of Movie.....
A short quick movie, but a very intense study of a man(Lukas) driven by his surroundings. Lukas plays a man who moves his family to Nazi Germany before the Nazi's take over. As the Nazis take more and more power, Lukas becomes more intimidated/fearful of the impending doom. To the point that he turns his back on his best friend who is Jewish and living in the US. There is a subplot that involves his son and the best friends daughter whom he betrays and she is subsequently killed by the Nazis. As it gets worse and worse for him, his family deserts him for his betrayals and he also sinks more and more into an internal paranoia. Sounds complicated, but it is an intense 72 mins. Picture was directed by William Cameron Menzies who was a director and production designer and shows in the sets, lighting and cinematography. This is a good way to spend an hour. 90.
First time viewing this movie. Thank you TCM for having it on the schedule, I would have given it more stars if possible. I am not a student of lighting or of any aspects of film making. I simply watch and enjoy or I do not enjoy a movie and do not finish with the entire film but this one had me from the beginning. So hard to believe that friendship could crumble as this one did. Goes to show how gullible and mindless the Nazi elite followers were at that time. I did figure out the ending. I seldom allow reviews of the expert determine what I will watch, User reviews are more helpful to me as a viewer because they either like a movie or don't for various reasons. I do like to read the history of a movie straight forward. Thank you TCM again for showing this movie.
- eleanor slusser
great plot!! wonderful acting, would watch it again.
Address Unknown is a gem!
- Anna Tilley
This movie grabbed my attention right away because of its amazing cinematography. While the plot might be a little predictable, I would classify this film as "stunningly visual." In my book that places it in the same category as any classic film with equally interesting imagery, such as The Third Man or The Magnificent Ambersons.
Cinematography by Rudolph Mat�
- Jaime Lynn Payne
Most striking among the multiples in this story from 1944 is the lighting and camera placement by Rudolph Mat. From the beginning scene and straight through to the final moment, the eye of the viewer (and film student) is treated time and time again to every aspect of light and shadow manipulation. Deep contrasts give way to subtle soft images in and around this story and the magestic reach of Mate' via impossible angles and thoughtful background images begs for continued depth of field. This is a wellspring of cinematography with much to give, even in this era of 4K video. Watching the camera angles work in harmony with the textures portrayed by light plot after loght plot brings one closer to the screen, hoping to stand inside and next to camera operator victor Scheurich....also a master of the craft of imagery. See this with open eyes and you will be delighted!
A LITTLE GEM
- Rita P
I hope TCM's reluctance to show this film again isn't because of Leonard Maltin's review. This is much better than a 2 star picture, His taste is totally in the wrong place. COME ON TCM, IT WON'T HURT YOU TO SCHEDULE THIS MOVIE A COUPLE OF TIMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
This pc appears to be largely unknown but well worth finding and watching. Come on TCM this film is more interesting than most of those B feature films from Warner Bros. and MGM that you schedule on a regular basis.
TCM showed this movie a few years...it's well worth catching if they ever show it again. Come on show it again...anytime...I can tape it.
- CAROL MILES
3/29/10 - I believe this movie is what used to be called a "lost treasure", only it's not really lost. Come on TCM schedule it again soon.
- Christian Cargnelli
This is a brilliantly filmed, dark, moody anti-Nazi picture, particularly noteworthy for Ernst Toch's "ragged", almost Schoenbergian score.
Where is this film?
- Fred C. Dobbs
Excellent film about the rise of the Nazis in pre WWII Germany,and a family's struggles. Remember seeing this film as a boy as it made quite an impression on me. Wish I could find it!