Hangmen Also Die!
Sunday, May 29 at 4:00 pm
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Fritz Lang. 1943, 134 mins. Restored DCP. With Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Alexander Granach, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, Dennis O’Keefe. A riveting and twisty thriller set in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, Lang’s Hangmen Also Die! is loosely based on the real-life assassination of Reinhard Heydrich—”The Hangman of Prague”—and adapted from a story by Bertolt Brecht. After the killing, the assassin, a doctor in the resistance played by Donlevy, finds help from a young woman (Anna Lee), whose act of kindness comes to envelop her whole family. Meanwhile, the Gestapo tighten their grip on a terrorized city. Through expressive use of shadows, James Wong Howe’s cinematography captures the city’s claustrophobia, with some astonishingly suggestive references to off-screen torture. While the film considers the moral dilemma of sacrificing innocents during wartime, Lang’s film is a powerful paean to the resistance.
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.