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Based on Geoffrey Household's hit novel Rogue Male, Man Hunt itself became a big hit on the eve of World War II. It's still a grabber because Lang, abetted by top Fox cameraman Arthur Miller, art directors Richard Day and Wiard B. Ihnen, and composer Alfred Newman, created a brilliantly atmospheric and entirely studio-bound world--just like the old days at Ufa, but with superior production resources. The film is Germanic to the max, with imagery of fierce angularity and chiaroscuro, literally underground confrontations, and a scenario rife with doppelgängers and secret selves. Gestapo pursuer-in-chief George Sanders rates a bravura introduction, posed ramrod straight in a white uniform in a white room with a white mountain vista outside ... and yes, he has a monocle (like Lang's). Man Hunt marked Lang's initial association with two future partners: screenwriter Dudley Nichols, who would script the director's American masterpiece Scarlet Street, and actress Joan Bennett, who starred in three more Lang pictures. Her character--a little English streetwalker, not that the Production Code allowed her to be acknowledged as such--is key to the movie's potent emotional wallop (she anticipates the Gloria Grahame role in The Big Heat). As Lang told an interviewer three decades later, she "had all my heart." Which also cuts two ways. --Richard T. Jameson
With its great acting, a great story, atmospheric,this is an all around great film that I very much recommend.
Lang manages to do a very good job of portraying the Nazis in a more complex and articulate manner than other films of this time period (it was made in 1941).
And, to be honest, I don't quite understand why the major character doesn't just go straight to the British authorities once he gets back home.
Great classic drama. Quite the propaganda piece but highly watchable.Published 3 months ago by M. Behr
An Oldie but Goody movie from WWII with a good story about an attempt on Hitler's life. This is one of the best of famed director Fritz Lang. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Photo Bug
I want to emphasise immediately that this is a great release of Fritz Lang's 1941 thriller, Man Hunt. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Film Buff
I have not seen it yet ..but I know very well that any time it stars an actor such as Walter Pidgeon
It will be very good. With good taste. Read more
I enjoyed it.
Like most movies based on a book this takes a few liberties with the plot to simplify things. None the less the movie captured the spirit of the book. Read more