Broken Lullaby

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In Brief: Something very different from the great Ernst Lubitsch: a straight anti-war film made in the midst of his busiest year as a filmmaker. Yes, in 1932, the same year that he gave us the shimmering comedies One Hour with You and Trouble in Paradise (not to mention his segment in If I Had a Million), he made the stylish, but grim, Broken Lullaby. This is a film about a conscience-stricken Frenchman (Phillips Holmes) who cannot get over having killed a German soldier in WWI. In order to try to expiate his sense of guilt, he goes to the parents — and, without knowing, the fiancee — of the dead man to ask for forgiveness. But things don't work out that way, and he ends up claiming that he and the soldier had been friends in Paris before the war. What happens from this lie is the crux of the drama. Stark, powerful and the work of a master filmmaker at the height of his creativity.
Genre: Drama
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Nancy Carroll, Phillips Holmes, Louise Carter, Lucien Littlefield
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Broken Lullaby Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville, hosted by Xpress movie critic Ken Hanke.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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