Fritz Langs Man Hunt

Fox hat in den USA einen seltenen Film auf DVD angekündigt: „Man Hunt“ (1941) von Fritz Lang. Der Antinazi-Thriller war bisher weder auf VHS noch auf DVD zugänglich. Es ist der erste Teil jener berühmten Trilogie, die Fritz Lang gegen das Dritte Reich gerichtet hat. Sie steht in der Tradition seiner letzten Filme in Deutschland, bevor er emigrierte. Elliott Stein dazu in der Village Voice:

„Lang played an active role in anti-Nazi groups, and after two handsome Technicolor westerns, The Return of Frank James (1940) and Western Union (1941), he completed three war-inspired productions: Man Hunt (1941), Hangmen Also Die! (1943), a taut drama (co-scripted by Bertolt Brecht) about the 1942 assassination of the German „governor“ of occupied Prague, and Ministry of Fear (1944), a Kafkaesque espionage yarn based on a Graham Greene novel.

The series highlight is a new print of Man Hunt, an underrated masterpiece not seen theatrically in far too long. In this visually stunning tall-tale thriller, Walter Pidgeon is an English big-game hunter arrested by the gestapo (after he takes a „practice shot“ at Hitler); he escapes back to England, where he is trailed by a really nasty bunch of Nazis. Joan Bennett appears as Pidgeon’s sole ally, a waifish cockney streetwalker. The Hays office threw a conniption. The studio promptly satisfied the censors‘ moral qualms by putting a sewing machine into Bennett’s room—the lady’s not a tramp, she’s a seamstress!“ (Elliott Stein: Made in USA, Village Voice)

Fritz Lang war als Emigrant auch in der HANL , der Hollywood Anti-Nazi League engagiert. Wer mehr über diesen Aspekt Hollywoods wissen will, dem sei das neue Buch „The Moguls and the Dictators: Hollywood and the Coming of World War II“ von David Welky empfohlen (Rezension).

Die DVD erscheint am 19. Mai 2009 (Ausstattungsdetails siehe DVDTalk). „Man Hunt“ ist Teil des ehrgeizigen Restaurierungsprogramms, das Fox für den DVD-Markt aufgelegt hat:

„Over the past decade, Fox has meticulously restored and reissued more than a thousand films from its library, …

Man Hunt, which has been unavailable for decades, stars Walter Pidgeon as a British sniper who, at the very beginning of the film, has Adolf Hitler in his sights, but ends up being hunted by the Gestapo. The release of Man Hunt will be timed to coincide with the arrival in theatres of Valkyries, Tom Cruise’s new thriller about a plot to kill Hitler. „It’s a question of being opportunistic,“ Ashton concedes. „Tom Cruise making a movie about the attempted assassination of Hitler gives us the opportunity to make Man Hunt more relevant to the consumer…

Some studios take little care in ensuring a high-quality DVD enters the market. Neither do they come through with the exhaustive special features, commentaries, documentaries, profiles of forgotten stars that Fox reissues contain as a matter of course. This puzzles Steven Feldstein, vice-president of corporate and marketing communications.

„Why would you release a product that people are not going to enjoy to the fullest?“ he asks. „You know what? Our home entertainment division is the keeper of the flame for the catalogue. We are responsible for maintaining the heritage of the studio. „Studio management is busy making movies, but we manage the catalogue, and part of the catalogue is obviously the classic library. And we take it very seriously. There’s great Hollywood lore and history there, and we feel it’s our responsibility to maintain that.“ “ Jamie Portman: Classic films restored lovingly for DVD. In: The Star Phoenix) – Hinweis aus dem deutschen Top-DVD-Forum DVDuell.

Eine Antwort zu Fritz Langs Man Hunt

  1. […] The series highlight is a new print of Man Hunt, an underrated masterpiece not seen theatrically in far too long. In this visually stunning tall-tale thriller, Walter Pidgeon is an English big-game hunter arrested by the gestapo (after he takes a “practice shot” at Hitler); he escapes back to England, where he is trailed by a really nasty bunch of Nazis. Joan Bennett appears as Pidgeon’s sole ally, a waifish cockney streetwalker. The Hays office threw a conniption. The studio promptly satisfied the censors’ moral qualms by putting a sewing machine into Bennett’s room—the lady’s not a tramp, she’s a seamstress! [Made in U.S.A | Elliott Stein | The Village Voice | via: dvdbiblog] […]

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