Face Behind the Mask

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The Face Behind the Mask

Robert Florey
USA, 1941
69min, OF

Bild: Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

The Face Behind the Mask

Robert Florey
USA, 1941
, 69min, OF

Cast: 
Peter Lorre
Evelyn Keyes
Don Beddoe
George E. Stone
John Tyrrell
Cy Schindell
Stanley Brown
Screenplay: 
Paul Jarrico
Arthur Levinson
Allen Vincent based on plays by Thomas Edward O’Connel
Camera: 
Franz Planer
Composer: 
Sidney Cutner

Production: 
Columbia Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

My favorite Peter Lorre movie, and that’s saying a lot (And he’s the star too!). It’s brisk and unpredictable, always zigzagging from genre to genre. The tale starts out like Kafka’s Amerika, with a wide-eyed immigrant, our Lorre, on a liner cruising past the Statue of Liberty, on his way to unforeseeable opportunities in the West. Lorre plays the new American with a succession of acting styles that permute as rapidly as the film’s careening genres, which freely shift the storytelling cadences from coming-of-age narrative to crime film, romantic melodrama fairytale and even revenge legend, all the while defining a nation. It’s a B-movie wonder! (Guy Maddin)

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