It is classics of world cinematography, the first sound-film of the famous German director Fritz Lang, by that time famous as a silent movie expressionist, neo-romantic and for his epic works ( “Tired Death”, “Dr. Mabuse the Gambler”, “Nibelungen”, “Metropolis”).

At first glance, this is a common criminal history between drama and detective thriller about case of “The Vampire of Düsseldorf” that shook the whole Germany. Such films in cinema, especially in Hollywood, are not unusual, and it seems that there is nothing to talk about if it wasn’t for the great professional skill of the author and humanistic message of the movie.


Good Things

  • Best visual techniques of silent expressionism
  • Raising moral dimensions
  • First using a specific music theme for a character

Bad Things

  • Time-expanded scenes for no reason

The Breakdown