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18th Jun '16 5:43:41 AM DoctorNemesis
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Beckert is an insane child murderer, but his condemnation of the hypocrisy of the 'court' standing in judgement of him isn't entirely without merit.
6th Jun '16 2:17:53 PM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Hans:''' But I, I can't help myself! I have no control over this! This evil thing inside me, the fire, the voices, the torment!... It's there all the time, driving me out to wander the streets, following me, silently, but I can feel it there. It's me, pursuing myself. I want to escape, to escape from myself. But it's impossible. I can't escape. I have to obey it. I have to run endless streets. I want to escape, to get away. And I'm pursued by ghosts. Ghosts of mothers. And of those children. They never leave me. They are there, always there. Always, except when I do it. When I - Then I can't remember anything.
4th Feb '16 8:35:04 AM ThallianGold
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26th Dec '15 7:43:32 AM Shadowgazer
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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Even the child murderer is not without his sympathetic side.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Both sides are black with shades of grey. Even the child murderer is not without his sympathetic side.side.



* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Hans again. In fact, Peter Lorre was typecast as this role for years afterward. Subverted in that Hans Beckert managed to kill several children and successfully evade the police in the first part of the film and the time before.

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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Hans again. In fact, Peter Lorre was typecast as this role for years afterward. Subverted in that Hans Beckert managed to kill several children and successfully evade the police in the first part of the film and the time before.before and is only this because of his patheticness and guilt after being caught.
26th Dec '15 7:39:31 AM Shadowgazer
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* EvilVersusEvil: Most of the conflict happens between the child killer and the organised criminals many of whom were killers themselves (just of adults). Inspector Lohmann and the authorities only played a minor role as a third party.
24th Dec '15 6:29:24 AM Menshevik
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* PuttingOnTheReich: A fairly prophetic example, since the Nazis weren't in power yet, Der Schränker's long leather coat, leather gloves and bowler hat nonetheless invokes the fashion sense of already-rising propagandist Joseph Goebbels (and later, UsefulNotes/TheGestapo). Somewhat fittingly, the actor was very popular with the Nazis, though he himself was probably not one. The film was originally titled ''The Devil Among Us'' as a deliberate reference to the then-up and coming Nazi Party. Unfortunately, they figured it out and Lang was forced to change it.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: A fairly prophetic What may be seen as a "prophetic" example, since the Nazis weren't in power yet, yet: Der Schränker's long leather coat, leather gloves coat may be seen as foreshadowing UsefulNotes/TheGestapo; more plausibly his leather-coat and bowler hat nonetheless invokes the fashion sense of already-rising propagandist rhethorics have been seen as alluding Joseph Goebbels, then chief of propaganda of the Nazi party and their ''Gauleiter'' (regional head of the party organisation) in Berlin. Although neither the Gestapo nor Goebbels (and later, UsefulNotes/TheGestapo). Somewhat fittingly, were known for sporting bowler hats or walking-canes. The Schränker was portrayed by Gustaf Gründgens, who later continued to rise to fame and fortune under the actor Nazis (partly because Hermann Goering was very popular with a fan of his), which became the Nazis, though he himself was probably not one. subject of Klaus Mann's RomanAClef ''Film/{{Mephisto}}''. The story that the film was originally titled ''The Devil entitled ''Mörder unter uns'' ("Murderer(s) Among Us'' as a deliberate reference Us" and had to be given a different title due to pressure from the then-up and coming Nazi Party. Unfortunately, they figured it out and Nazis is a legend which Fritz Lang was forced to change it.at different times confirmed and denied.
24th Dec '15 6:11:41 AM Menshevik
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Lohmann in his bodily build, mannerisms and modus operandi is very closely modeled on Ernst Gennat (1880-1939), the head of Berlin's ''Mordinspektion'' (set up in 1926, the world's first murder squad, i. e. police section specializing in the investigation of murders), who introduced many innovations to investigation procedures and who among other things headed the investigation of the Grossman and Kürten murders and who may have coined the term "serial killer" with reference to the latter. In his day Gennat was internationally famous and known to Berliners by affectionate nicknames like "the Buddha of the Alex" (i. e. the police headquarters on ''Alexanderplatz'').

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Lohmann in his bodily build, mannerisms and modus operandi is very closely modeled on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Gennat Ernst Gennat Gennat]] (1880-1939), the head of Berlin's ''Mordinspektion'' (set up in 1926, the world's first murder squad, i. e. police section specializing in the investigation of murders), who introduced many innovations to investigation procedures and who procedures, e. g. becoming the first man to use the new medium of television to ask the public for information relevant to an ongoing investigation. Gennat among other things headed the investigation of the Grossman and Kürten murders and who may have coined the term "serial killer" with reference to the latter. In his day Gennat was internationally famous famous[[note]]When Charlie Chaplin visited Berlin, he asked to be introduced to Gennat.[[/note]] and was known to Berliners by affectionate nicknames like "the Buddha of the Alex" (i. e. the police headquarters on ''Alexanderplatz'').
24th Dec '15 5:59:52 AM Menshevik
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* BlackCapOfDeath: Hans Beckert's sentence is never revealed, but consider that one of the five judges puts on a black cap, and his time on Earth may soon be over.
5th Dec '15 2:19:42 PM trixus
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Hans's impassioned speech in his own defense pretty much ignores the pain and suffering he caused and would have continued to cause if allowed to roam free in favor of complaining about how unfair it was for people to blame him for his actions. Especially bad when you realize that even if Hans is mentally ill [[{{FridgeLogic}} he never once sought treatment for his supposedly unwanted impulses]] and instead attempted to remain at large despite knowing what that would result in.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Hans's impassioned speech in his own defense pretty much ignores the pain and suffering he caused and would have continued to cause if allowed to roam free in favor of complaining about how unfair it was for people to blame him for his actions. Especially bad when you realize that even if Hans is mentally ill [[{{FridgeLogic}} he never once sought treatment for his supposedly unwanted impulses]] and instead attempted to remain at large despite knowing what that would result in. Then again seeking treatment for being a pedophile in those days are even worse than today so while being a DirtyCoward it's not like it's an easy choice.
2nd Dec '15 12:24:19 PM Clannadisawesome
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* BittersweetEnding: Beckert is brought to trial, but the climax establishes that neither execution nor medical treatment seem to be a totally fitting sentence, and it won't bring back the kids anyway.

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* BittersweetEnding: Beckert is brought to trial, but the climax establishes that neither execution nor medical treatment seem to be a totally fitting sentence, and it won't bring back the kids anyway. [[{{FridgeLogic}} Although,]] [[{{WorldHalf Full}} by the end of the film a serial murderer/rapist has been brought to justice along with several high ranking mob officials leaving the German public better off for it.]]
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