Murderers Among Us (1946)

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Murderers Among Us (1946)

Murderers Among Us / Die Mörder sind unter uns (1946)
DVD5 | ISO | NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | 01:20:44 | 4,21 Gb
Audio: German AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English hardcoded
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller | Germany

Concentration camp survivor Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) returns to her Berlin rooms to find them occupied by a squatter, the disillusioned and drunken Dr. Hans Mertens (Ernst Wilhelm Borchert). He claims that all is hopeless in a world without values, but she slowly builds a faith that he will recover and become a productive surgeon again. Susanne repairs the shattered apartment as best she can, while working on socially positive drawings. Hans is emotionally crippled because he knows that his wartime commander, Arno Paulsen (Fredinand Brueckner) committed mass murder in Poland. But the fallen doctor is unable to find the moral bearings to call the now successful factory owner to account for it. Saving a poor child from choking by performing a tracheotomy, Hans gets the courage to care about justice and face up to Paulsen - with a gun.

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Also Known As: The Murderers Are Among Us

Murderers Among Us (1946)

Critically ranked in the top ten of Germany's 100 most important films, Wolfgang Staudte's THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US is a haunting film about personal accountability and the process of healing in post war Nazi Germany. The first feature film produced amid the ruins of East Germany after World War II, under the auspices of the newly created DEFA Studios, THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US featured the budding star Hildegard Knef.

Murderers Among Us (1946)

Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) is a concentration camp survivor who, despite unspeakable experiences, is filled with a desire to return to some semblance of the routine of her former life. She wants to move back into her Berlin apartment, but soon finds that Dr. Hans Mertens has taken up residence. Once a successful specialist surgeon, Hans cannot return to his medical practice after the war, incapable of tolerating the sound of anguish and human despair. She offers to share the apartment with Hans until he can find other lodging, but soon finds herself drawn to the troubled, self-destructive, and angry young man who is trying to suppress his terrible memories through excessive drinking. With Susanne's help, Dr. Mertens slowly returns to his former self. But first he must confront his former commanding officer, now a prosperous and respected businessman, over a wartime atrocity.

Murderers Among Us (1946)

THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US is a compassionate portrait of hope, resilience, and personal atonement. Rooted in the tradition of German expressionism, Wolfgang Staudte juxtaposes realistic filmmaking with rapid montage sequences, unusual camera angles, and sharp lighting contrasts to create a disorienting harsh reality that reflects the fractured lives of the war's survivors. What emerges is not a menacing portrait of a faceless Cold War enemy, but a poignant tale of profound humanity and a sincere, desperate cry for justice.

Murderers Among Us (1946)

Ranked by critics as one of Germany’s most important films, The Murderers Are Among Us offers a wrenching look at history and humanity. The first feature film produced in Germany after World War II, it is set in Berlin just after the surrender, and the city is still being battered by air raids. The characters move through the half-destroyed husks of old buildings, and even simple acts like serving a meal at a table take on new meaning as the people try to put their lives back together. Susanne Wallner is a concentration camp survivor, eager to taste life again after her living death. Dr. Hans Mertens is a former German officer, unable to live with the guilt of what he and his former comrades have done. The two must quite literally learn to live side by side as they come to terms with the past and start to look toward the future. The film is beautifully and sensitively made, and possesses a shining optimism that is surprising for its time.
Ali Davis
Murderers Among Us (1946)

Impressive post-war German mixture of expressionism and neo-realism, combining to form a stylish "rubble film". Shot partly in the streets, immediacy bestows power: this is what Germany ca. '46 looked like. Story is serviceable, constructed of episodes—some better, some worse—about attempts at living, re-starting life after the end of the war, among the ruins and the murderers. Guilt is the constant spectre, passing through everyone, everything. The acting(!): hypnotic and dazzling Hildegard Knef, who herself fled Soviet soldiers and spent time in a prison camp, will haunt you; the power of her intense, penetrating, emotional gaze is indescribable. Along with the outdoor cinematography, the images of her face are the film's highlights. Recommended reading: the production history is worth looking into.
Murderers Among Us (1946)

Filmed in 1946 amid the ruins of the former Soviet-controlled East Germany, The Murderers are Among Us is a compassionate portrait of hope, resilience, and personal atonement. Rooted in the tradition of German expressionism, Wolfgang Staudte juxtaposes the bleak austerity of realistic filmmaking with rapid montage sequences, unusual camera angles, and sharp contrasts of light and darkness to create a pervasive sense of disorienting harsh reality that reflects the fractured lives of the war's survivors: the exaggerated shadows cast by the gossiping tenants as they discuss Hans and Susanne's unorthodox living arrangements; the ominous darkness and sharp angle of the tenement staircase as an inebriated Hans staggers up the stairs; the suffused light that punctuates Susanne's presence. What emerges is not a menacing portrait of a faceless Cold War enemy, but a poignant tale of profound humanity and a sincere, desperate cry for justice.
Murderers Among Us (1946)

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