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Plot: Hamburg, Germany, 1944, during World War II. A serial killer terrorizes the city. When it seems clear that the local police are unable to catch him, forces as dark and terrible as the criminal himself become involved in the case.
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Serial Killer – Nazis – Same Thing!
Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam is directed by Robert Siodmak and written by Will Berthold (article) and Werner Jörg Lüddecke. It stars Claus Holm, Annemarie Düringer, Mario Adorf, Hannes Messemer, Carl Lange and Werner Peters. Music is by Siegfried Franz and cinematography by Georg Krause.
A serial killer is terrorising Hamburg, Germany, during World War II. When the local police struggle to catch him, the Gestapo are brought in to crack the case.
The basis for the story is that of real life serial killer Bruno Lüdke, here played by Adorf. Yet this is only a side-bar to the actuality of Siodmak’s film, for it’s a clinical deconstruction of Nazi Germany at the time, a look at the final throes of that regime. It shows how the corrupt powers would do anything to not make their government look bad, with orders even coming from Adolf himself! It’s all very fascinating and potent, and well performed. There’s some nice visual touches via the night sequences, though you reasonably expect to have more from Siodmak, a fine purveyor of expressionism and noir chiaroscuro. There’s some contrivances and a couple of badly staged action sequences, but this remains a tough political drama with mystery shadings. 8/10
Condemning the innocent to cover up miscarriage of justice?
This Classic film noire combines two main stories: The hunt for a serial killer and the ideologically poisoned mindset of card-carrying Nazis during the end of WWII. For those Germans who were never enthusiastic followers of the extreme nationalist ideas enveloping Germany, the final days of WWII often meant to just “lay low and let it all run past you”. But what if the innocent are wrongly condemned to be executed for murder when their innocence becomes unquestioned? Who would defend such a victim of injustice in the face of certain reprisal?
This film introduces Mario Adorf (who deservedly won the award for best newcomer) as Bruno, a dim-witted laborer who wants nothing more than to eat well and drink hard, but seems to be drawn to young women whom he then strangles. When a brilliant detective puzzles together evidence from outstanding murder cases, leading to Bruno, he instantly gains the respect and confidence of the man who turns out to be responsible for some 80 murders. To see the naive Bruno freely confess and cheerfully reenact one of the killings shows how an insane or mentally deficient mind is incapable of grasping the gravity of taking a human life. Now are we to compare Bruno to the countless Nazis who convinced themselves that they were “just following orders” when they participated in genocide? This film is one of many powerful cinematic indictments against the Nazi Regime, and an appeal to the human conscience not ever to idly look on as fellow human beings are wrongly accused, convicted and even murdered by a corrupt and unfair justice system.
Nominee for Best Foreign Film Oscar, which went to Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria” that year. The latter will always be my favorite foreign film, however “Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam” is a formidable contender for the Oscar! Highly recommended!
Original Language de
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (Germany), 1 hr 37 min (97 min) (USA)
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Robert Siodmak
Writer Will Berthold, Werner Jörg Lüddecke
Actors Claus Holm, Mario Adorf, Hannes Messemer
Country West Germany
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 13 wins & 3 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1 (intended ratio)
Film Length 2,854 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm