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MURDERERS ARE AMONG US, THE (MÖRDER SIND UNTER UNS, DIE)

MURDERERS ARE AMONG US, THE

Berlin 1945. Susanne Wallner, a young photographer, returns home from the concentration camp, but her flat is occupied. The surgeon Mertens, who recently returned from the war, is trying to suppress his terrible memories through excessive drinking. They come to an arrangement and, with Susanne's help, Dr. Mertens slowly returns to his former self. Then he meets his former captain Bruckner, now a slippery businessman who couldn't care less whether he makes cooking pots out of steel helmets or vice versa. Mertens' conscience rebels, and on Christmas Eve 1945, he wants to demand atonement for a massacre of men, women and children which had been ordered three years previously by Bruckner. At the last moment, Susanne is able to convince him that the retaliation of such guilt is not a private affair and that the war criminal should be brought before a court.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1946
Director Wolfgang Staudte
Screenplay Wolfgang Staudte
Cinematography Eugen Klagemann, Friedl Behn-Grund
Hans Heinrich
Ernst Roters
Cast Erna Sellmer, Ernst Wilhelm Borchert, Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer
Production Company DEFA/Berlin
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Festivals Mar del Plata 2018

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