Even hard-core Lubitsch aficionados have been known to run screaming from this 1932 film, originally released as The Man I Killed—a somber antiwar melodrama made in the midst of his bubbliest, most “continental” period. I, however, find it sublime, one of the most piercing and cinematically supple of all of Lubitsch's films. His themes transfer cleanly from the comedies, and they are developed with unusual urgency. Phillips Holmes stars as a French soldier who, after the war, visits the family of the German boy he killed in the trenches. With Lionel Barrymore and Nancy Carroll.