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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 24, 2001
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Interactive Features:
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Conrad Veidt, Hay Petrie & Peter Bull|
|Performer:||Raymond Lovell, Joss Ambler & Valerie Hobson|
|Directed by||Michael Powell|
|Screenwriting by||Emeric Pressburger|
...Very much in the mode of Britain's great mysteries of the previous half-decade....The casting captures the imagination...
The story traces the gradual erosion of the Dane's neutrality in the face of menace, but Powell's freewheeling camera can't be stilled by patriotic piety Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- A first-rate, cleverly photographed WWII thriller from the great pair of Powell and Pressburger.
Rating: B- -- It was strange to see Veidt in a romantic hero role. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
This exciting story is dramatically put over and excellently directed. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Director Michael Powell (PEEPING TOM) made this criminally overlooked comic thriller in 1940, when WWII had ravaged much of England. What makes this remarkable is that the film is set in 1939 during a blackout and yet Powell makes the film a lighthearted thriller even though his country was still in the midst of a horrible war. However, this is not what makes the film so remarkable. A Hitchcockian brew of international intrigue, lengthy chase scenes, and virtuoso cinematography, the film follows the kidnapping of Danish sea captain (Veidt) and his mysterious and beautiful passenger (Hobson) by Nazis operating out of a Soho basement. Escaping from their captors, the unlikely pair are chased around London by the Nazis through increasingly bizarre situations. A beautiful film whose vision of London as a dark labyrinth is as striking and entertaining, CONTRABAND is a hugely enjoyable entertainment as well as a reflection on a very dark period in English history.
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