Ministry of Fear

Ministry of Fear

DVD - 2013
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En route to London after being released from a mental institution, Stephen Neale stops at a seemingly innocent village fair, after which he finds himself caught in the web of a sinister underworld with possible Nazi connections.

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123holdon
Feb 06, 2016

The film encapsulates the different stages of a very interesting story of a man involved in a deep recovery. In addition the picture is very interesting. Fritz Lang plays so well with the black and white.

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1aa
May 26, 2015

An interesting suspense/ mystery film. The ending was rather too abrupt and corny.

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G100
Feb 23, 2015

Fritz Lang's brilliant use of sound and shadow often conflict with the awkward pacing and pedestrian dialogue. The man out of sorts amidst the ambitions of a secret organization are reminiscent of Hitchcock, but not derivative (after all, Hitch was just figuring out his own formula).

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Feb 01, 2015

This adaptation of one of Graham Greene's light "entertainments" (as opposed to his serious novels) was reviled by the author for mangling his plot. As it stands, the story of Nazi sympathizers in WWII London has plenty of atmosphere and ingenious camera work from director Fritz Lang, but is indeed burdened with some plot absurdities. And why is Ray Milland so cheerful throughout the whole thing?

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geomillar
Jan 20, 2014

Remarkably current ... considering it was made during the early 1940's.
Well filmed and a decent story too.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 03, 2013

Fritz Lang made some massive, influential films in Germany ("Metropolis," "Mabuse the Gambler") before he fled and settled in the States. He never worked on quite the same scale in his American movies, but did make some memorable films. This is an adaptation of a mediocre Graham Greene novel and combines film noir with espionage thriller. The sets and lighting are particularly effective.

voisjoe1 Oct 14, 2013

Ray Milland stumbles upon a nest of Nazi spies in London minutes after being released from what may be an asylum for the criminally insane. Soon he is being shot at, being accused of murder by the police, nearly being killed by a bomb, and all sorts of mayhem. Always just a step of being thrown in prison, he realizes that he will have to prove his innocence (if he indeed is really totally innocent). The Criterion version contains a short interview of a film expert that demonstrates that this Fritz Lang film is much more complicated and symbolic than most viewers suspect.

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Onewhoissaved
Jul 09, 2013

This Graham Greene story is wonderful to read and the movie is also pretty good. The film is a conglomeration of British and American actors in a WWII setting. If you are unfamiliar with this giant of writing talent in Graham Greene I envy you soon to be admiration of him. Read his books. See the movies based on those books.

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Monolith
Jun 01, 2013

This screenplay's premise is mildly preposterous, but Fritz Lang throws in some curious and ominous sequences (the blind cake-crumbling guy on the train, for example). It's got some decent twists, and I was taken aback at the realization of what life in London was like during The Great War, upon viewing the air raid/blackout/bomb shelter insanity of the day. I really like Ray Milland; and I have ever since I saw him in Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend". That film forever left an impression on me. This is a fun spy mystery; a little forced, however.

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123holdon
Feb 06, 2016

A cake!
A good way to end. We could wonder what will be the next cake for Mr Browe.

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Monolith
Jun 01, 2013

(Stephen & Carla are delivering a valise of books to a customer for their friend, Mr. Newland) Porter: "...29... yes sir. Mr. Travers left orders to let you in." Stephen Neale: "Travers? But these are for Dr. Forrester." Porter: "You must be wrong, sir. We haven't any Dr. Forrester. But 29's right, and Mr. Travers is expecting books. We have had some incorrect names, sir, where a gentleman has a hideout from his wife. But those gentlemen were not spending their time with books..."

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