Address Unknown

1944

Drama

185
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 338

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Frank Faylen as Det. Gallagher
Paul Lukas as Big Fellow Maskal
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23.976 fps
75 min
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75 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by blanche-2 7 / 10 / 10

based on a story

"Address Unknown" is a 1944 film starring Paul Lukas, which is based on a story of the same name by Kressman Taylor. It's directed by William Cameron Menzies, best known as an art director, and also stars Morris Carnovsky, Peter van Eyck, the later blacklisted Mady Christians, and K.T. Stevens. The story concerns two German art dealers in San Francisco circa 1932, Martin (Lukas) and Max Eisenstein (Carnovsky). It falls to Martin to return to Germany with his family to buy and ship art work back to the U.S. gallery. With him and the family is also Griselle, Martin's son's (van Eyck) fiancée, who has acting aspirations and wants to work overseas. Martin becomes seduced by the "new Germany" under Hitler and becomes friends with a baron (Carl Esmond) who encourages him to break ties with his Jewish partner, which he does. The baron also learns that Griselle, who uses the last name Stone, is Jewish. Griselle has a part in a play, and the Nazis have forbidden certain lines to be spoken from the Beatitudes. Griselle says them anyway, and, outed as a Jew by someone at the performance, she runs for her life. She makes her way to Martin's place, where she is turned away. Martin starts to receive letters from Max that are written in obvious code, giving dimensions of Picassos and having certain numbers substituted for numbers previously sent. The baron warns him that sending and receiving codes is illegal. Martin denies that he is receiving coded letters, meanwhile begging Max to stop writing to him. The film is very well done in a film noir style, and you can't go wrong visually with Menzies and with Rudy Mate on the camera. The shadows and camera angles are striking, particularly in the play scene and when Martin is alone in his house toward the end of the film. Well worth seeing for the art direction and cinematography alone. In the actual story, Martin and Griselle have had an affair previously, and Griselle is actually Max's sister. The joke painting that Martin sends back to San Francisco that Max tries to hide from a customer is actually a Picasso - I'm not sure that was made clear in the film. The action in this film, Martin's turning etc., take place seemingly very quickly and don't come off as believably as in the book, which is actually a series of letters. It has been republished, translated into many languages, and also turned into a play and adapted for radio; it was considered very important at the time it was published, so important that it was felt "too strong" to have been written by a woman, so Katherine Taylor used her maiden name instead to get Kressman Taylor. The ending pf the film is unexpected. Very suspenseful and absorbing and amazing to look at - with a wonderful performance by Paul Lukas and the rest of the cast - Address Unknown is highly recommended.

Reviewed by merrywood 8 / 10 / 10

From an amazing little book

This movie was made from a tiny, now classic 1938 book by Kressmann Taylor (her full name was Kathrine Kressmann Taylor) that was written in the form of letters only between the two lead characters. As such it is not only a brilliantly conceived horror story of how an evil idea poisons a society but how it continues on to destroy life. The small book was re-issued in 2001 by Washington Square Press and at this writing currently available. No matter how you reacted to the movie this is a must read. It can be read in a single, short sitting but it packs an incredible wallop. The little story is compared to the best writing of O. Henry for its sly plot twists and lauded by Kurt Vonnegut who compares it to WWII as what Uncle Tom's Cabin was to the Civil War. You can then return to the movie and enjoy it at a far deeper and more profound level. Beyond all of that…if Paul Lukas is in a film, any film, you can trust that it is worth watching if only for his performance.

Reviewed by AlsExGal 8 / 10 / 10

Well crafted but unfortunately forgotten WWII film

This little film received Academy Award nominations for art direction and score, and I have to wonder how it escaped a nomination for cinematography as well, because this story does not have a great deal of action in it. Instead, much is said through the vivid score and the masterful cinematography that renders the shadows that the Nazis cast often more menacing that the Nazis themselves. Not commercially available as far as I know, this is a film that deserves rediscovery. The story opens on a celebration between two friends and partners in San Francisco. Martin Schulz (Paul Lukas) is returning to his home country of Germany along with his wife and four of his five sons. His partner, Max Eisenstein (Morris Carnovsky), will meanwhile keep their art gallery going in San Francisco along with Martin's son, Heinrich. Max's daughter, Griselle, is also going to Germany to seek out a career as an actress. Heinrich and Griselle are in love, but have decided to delay marriage so that Griselle can pursue her career. Once in Germany, Martin gets swept up into the building Nazi movement when he is befriended and flattered by the silver-tongued Baron von Friesche, who eventually convinces him that he should cut off all communication with his old friend Max because he is Jewish. When the Nazis come after Max's daughter Griselle when they learn she is Jewish, Martin stands by and does nothing to help her, allowing his old friend's daughter to perish at their hands and on his doorstep. However, a society such as the Nazi's that is built on purity of opinion and constant suspicion can sometimes be cleverly manipulated to be an instrument of revenge. Thus, by means of a very simple plan executed by someone in the U.S., Martin soon finds himself isolated and under suspicion of espionage - a prisoner in his own home as well of his own imagination of what will come next. I highly recommend this film as it is still relevant today, especially from a psychological standpoint of how totalitarian movements start out by preying on the desperation of the many and the self-importance of a few.

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