Mollenard (Hatred). 1938. France. Directed by Robert Siodmak. Screenplay by Oscar Paul Gilbert, Charles Spaak. With Harry Baur, Albert Préjean, Gabrielle Dorziat. In French; English subtitles. 106 min.
A darkling tale of munitions profiteering (and treacheries of the patriotic and marital sort), Mollenard moves between the port town of Dunkirk and the “exotic” mysteries of the Far East. Leftist sympathizers of France’s Popular Front found common cause in Siodmak’s antiheroic portrait of a cynical opportunist on the eve of war.