THE DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT
NACHTS, WENN DER TEUFEL KAM
1957, Beta Film, 97 min, West Germany, Dir: Robert Siodmak

The greatest practitioner of Hollywood noir (PHANTOM LADY, THE KILLERS, CRISS CROSS, et al), returned to Germany in the 1950s to finish his career; this powerful film was his payback to the Nazis who chased him from his homeland. Based on the true story of murderer Bruno Lüdke, it’s a tense policier that also explores how those who did not flee the Reich struggled to maintain their integrity and morality in the face of overwhelming corruption and evil.


LOVELY LOUISE
2013, Frenetic Films, 91 min, Germany, Switzerland, Dir: Bettina Oberli

André (Stefan Kurt) drives a taxi, loves to fly model airplanes and, in his mid-50s, still lives with his mother (Annemarie Düringer), a once-famous actress. While André loves her, he also feels trapped by the occasionally difficult Louise - until an American (Stanley Townsend) turns up at their Zurich home and rouses them from their routines. The humor and ironies of LOVELY LOUISE will ring true for anyone who has ever struggled to balance family ties and personal independence. In Swiss German, German, and English with English subtitles.


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