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Ministry of Fear


Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Dan Duryea,

Stephen Neale (Ray Milland), in an asylum for the mercy killing of his wife, is released into the chaos of wartime London. He finds that, beneath the bombs, nothing is as it was—nor as it seems. As the author, Graham Greene, put it, “We cannot recognize the villain and we suspect the hero and the world is a small cramped place.” A cake purchased at a bizarre bazaar gives Neale unwitting entrée to a Nazi spy ring operating under a strangely spiritual mantle. Ministry of Fear is Fritz Lang with shades of Greene, Greene’s questions of faith giving way to Lang’s knowledge of fate.

Judy Bloch
  • Seton I. Miller
Based On
  • The novel by Graham Greene

  • Henry Sharp
  • English
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 85 mins
  • Universal Pictures

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Ministry of fear (exhibitor manual), Paramount Pictures, 2014

Ministry of fear (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), 2000

Ministry of fear (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1999

Lang's Fury (article), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1988

Fritz Lang, the image and the look -- excerpt (book excerpt), British Film Institute, Stephen Jenkins, 1981

Lang's ministry (article), Sight and Sound, David Thomson, 1977

C.A.L. - U.A.M. presents the films of Fritz Lang (review), 1969

The films of Fritz Lang (program note), Pacific Film Archive

The art of Fritz Lang (program note), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The films of Fritz Lang (program note), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philip Chamberlin

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