Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.
The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.
Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler's former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson's only clue is Kindler's fascination with antique clocks; but, though Kindler seems secure in his new identity, he feels his past closing in.Written by
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During the dinner conversation, a correspondent is mentioned, namely Standish of the London Times in Berlin. This could be a reference to Henry Standish, a war correspondent for the "News Chronicle", a UK daily paper that closed in 1960 after 30 years in existence. (Standish is quoted in 1945's "What Buchenwald Really Means" by Victor Gollancz.) Whether this reference is meant to be the same journalist, and whether the actual Standish wrote an article similar to the one discussed in the film, cannot be determined. See more »
When Wilson runs the Concentration Camp footage for Mary Longstreet, we see several shots of her face with the flickering light from the screen reflected onto her face. When the film runs out of the projector, the light on her face continues to flicker as if film is still being projected instead of being a bright white light. See more »
Why wasn't it I... Franz Kindler? Kill me. Kill me, I want you to. I couldn't face life knowing what I've been to you and what I've done to Noah. But when you kill me, don't put your hands on me!
[Picks up a fireplace poker]
Here! Use this!
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Orson welles directs and stars in vivid postwar Nazi hunt.
A little much in parts, particularly the use of headlight direction that Welles loves to employ, nevertheless, this is a film that rates three stars in the Wellesian collection.
Edward G. Robinson is superb as the laid-back, all-knowing, in-your-face detective and Loretta Young scores as Orson's wife but it's big Billy House who is the real scene-stealer. House plays the man who owns the self-service store in town who likes playing checkers with his customers.
Welles, who looks a little strange--no doubt to match up with the title-provides a commanding performance throughout in a film that reflects the era's revulsion with the Nazi dream.
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