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You and Me

Screening on Film
Directed by Fritz Lang.
With Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Robert Cummings.
US, 1938, 35mm, black & white, 90 min.
Print source: Universal Studios

Lang united with the great playwright Bertolt Brecht, as well as Brecht's regular composer Kurt Weill, for this unusual gangster comedy, and part musical, whose unrelenting critique of American capitalism is emphatically delivered by a Brechtian Greek chorus that bursts unexpectedly into occasional song. Among Lang's greatest—and most unusual—Hollywood films, the still overlooked You and Me was savagely critiqued upon its release for its unconventional intentions and approach to the gangster film, with a fabulous cast of the finest studio heavies led by George Raft, tamed by Sylvia Sydney and together demonstrating the captivating, self-reflective powers of Brecht's remarkable distanciation techniques. 

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