in about 100 words or less
US 96m, B&W
Director: Orson Welles; Cast: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Konstantin Shayne
A well-liked college professor living in an idyllic Connecticut town is accused as a war criminal who was influential in the establishment of Nazi concentration camps during WWII. When confronted by the war crimes authorities, his newlywed wife refuses to believe the accusations, and initially attempts to cover-up the evidence which would link him to his true identity. As suspicions continue to grow, so too does Franz Kindler’s trust of his wife, which leads him to plot the murder of the only surviving person who could link him to his war crimes. Although probably far too dark for the period, this underrated film is also important as the first major motion picture to both address the Holocaust and depict actual images from it (Klaus Ming July 2013).