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Genre: Mystery

Duration: 99 Minutes

Rating: PG


Part of our World Masterworks: Crime and Punishment Series!

Hosted by Jeffrey Bender with special guest Dr. David Streiner

Jeffrey Bender will be your guide as he takes you worldwide to the seedy underbelly of international cinema and a rogues’ gallery of murderers, thieves, gangsters, and unruly mobs! 

Jeffrey Bender 

Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs at The Westdale. He returns to our theatre to continue the World Masterworks Series, where he will introduce us to the best of international cinema. 

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Year of Release: 1931

Awards: Won the National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Film

Country of Origin: Germany

Language: German (English Subtitles)

The city of Berlin, Germany, lives in a shadow of constant fear after a string of child abductions and killings. The police are having a hard time catching the culprit, and the only pieces of evidence they have are handwritten notes that the killer sent to the police himself. With a large amount of possible leads, and even more dead ends, the Berlin police force decides to enlist the help of Berlin’s most notorious criminals to aid in the investigation, and bring the killing spree to a stop, once and for all.

Dr. David Streiner

We will have the pleasure of being joined after the screening by Emeritus Professor from McMaster University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Professor of the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, Dr. David Streiner for a conversation about Peter Lorre’s portrayal of child murderer, Hans Beckert.