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Address Unknown

William Cameron Menzies, the production designer for Gone With the Wind, was also a director specializing in SF and paranoia (Things to Come, Invaders From Mars). In this low-budget anti-Nazi effort (1944, 72 min.) a German art dealer (Paul Lukas) gets his comeuppance after severing ties with his Jewish-American partner (Morris Carnovsky) and refusing to help the man's actress daughter (K.T. Stevens), who's being persecuted in Germany. This tale by Kressmann Taylor and Herbert Dalmas is clever at times but awkwardly told; it's hardly a match for the anti-Nazi agitprop of Jean Renoir or Douglas Sirk (strangely, one never sees a swastika), but cinematographer Rudolph Maté, who also shot The Passion of Joan of Arc and Gilda, knows a thing or two about sinister shadows.

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