This nail-biting wartime noir is the work of two notable émigrés from Nazi Germany, with Austrian expressionist master Fritz Lang directing a script based on a story by the major German political playwright and notable communist Bertolt Brecht. Set in Nazi-occupied Prague, the film offers a fictionalized account of the assassination of the high-ranking Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich, “The Hangman of Prague” (a historical figure responsible for mass executions, and one of the main architects of the Holocaust). Heydrich’s assassin, Dr. Franticek Svoboda (Brian Donlevy), is a member of the underground resistance with communist sympathies. Pursued by the Nazi police and aided by citizens sympathetic to the resistance, Svoboda and his fellow freedom fighters struggle for survival under a brutally repressive regime. Note: this is the same subject as 2016’s Anthropoid. 134 min.
Part of the Emory Cinematheque series “Resisting Fascism.” Each film in the series will be introduced by Paul Buchholz, assistant professor of German Studies, with contributions from other faculty in Emory’s Department of German Studies.