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UW Cinematheque - Peter Lorre: The Mad and the Bad
Stranger on the Third Floor | USA | 1940 | 35mm | 64 min. Director: Boris Ingster
Lorre is the title character and a newspaper reporter’s chief suspect in a murder case. This crazily inventive and expressionistic thriller helped lay the groundwork for the classic Hollywood film noir style. “Latvian émigré director plays up the mental anguish of the hero through flashbacks, subjective voice-over, and a stylized dream sequence reminiscent of avant-garde European Cinema” (David Bordwell, Reinventing Hollywood).