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<i>So Ends Our Night</i>. 1941. USA. Directed by John Cromwell
  • So Ends Our Night

    1941. USA. John Cromwell. 117 min.

  • Monson Collection: Vienna 1938

    1938. USA/Austria. Lafayette P. Monson. 1 min.

  • Amateuraufnahmen Wien Frühjahr 1938

    1928. Austria. 10 min.

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Please note: Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer! will be shown without subtitles

Monday, April 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • So Ends Our Night

    1941. USA. Directed by John Cromwell. Screenplay by Talbot Jennings. With Fredric March, Margaret Sullavan, Glenn Ford, Erich von Stroheim. Based on Flotsam, a novel by antiwar author Erich Maria Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front), So Ends Our Night is the quietly moving and passionately acted story of three refugees who escape Nazi Germany and take flight across Europe. Fredric March plays a political dissident who manages to break out of Dachau; longing to see his wife (Frances Dee) back home, he is pursued across borders by a Nazi agent (Erich Von Stroheim) who offers him the promise of a coveted passport if he rats out his fellow underground operatives. Margaret Sullavan is a young Jewish chemist whose life becomes even more imperiled after the Nazis annex Austria and after she falls in love with a young man (Glenn Ford) whose own family background—the son of an Aryan father and a Jewish mother—also sets him on a dangerous path. Independently produced by Albert Lewin and David L. Loew and released by United Artists some ten months before the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into war, So Ends Our Night was ahead of its time in its bleak portrait of life in Europe for the uprooted and dispossessed. Key aspects of the film take place in a claustrophobic and noirish Vienna where no one is to be trusted. Preserved by George Eastman House with funds from The Film Foundation 117 min.

  • Monson Collection: Vienna 1938

    1938. USA/Austria. Directed by Lafayette P. Monson. 1 min.

  • Amateuraufnahmen Wien Frühjahr 1938

    1928. Austria. 10 min.

  • Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer!

    1938. Germany. 13 min.

  • Bei Achmed Beh

    1944. Germany. The first three of these short films center on Anschluss, the Nazi takeover of Austria in the spring of 1938, when a significant percentage of the population welcomed the German “invaders” with open arms. The first two were made by amateurs—an American visitor, Lafayette P. Monson, and an anonymous local—while the third, Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer!, is an official Nazi propaganda film. The final short in the program is the most mysterious of all: an anonymous film, made towards the end of the war, about an inner-city burlesque nightclub where Wehrmacht soldiers mingle with the Vienna bourgeoisie. All short films courtesy the Austrian Film Museum 9 min.

In the Film exhibition Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema

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