The Lost One (German: Der Verlorene) is a 1951 West German drama film directed by Peter Lorre and starring Lorre, Karl John and Renate Mannhardt. It is an art film in the film noir style, based on a true story. Lorre wrote, directed, and starred in this film, his only film as director or writer.[1] The film's translated name has been used as the title of his biography.[2]

The Lost One
Directed byPeter Lorre
Written by
Produced byArnold Pressburger
CinematographyVáclav Vích
Edited byCarl Otto Bartning
Music byWilly Schmidt-Gentner
Arnold Pressburger Filmproduktion
Distributed byNational-Filmverleih
Release date
7 September 1951
Running time
98 minutes
CountryWest Germany

The film's sets were designed by the art director Franz Schroedter. Some scenes were shot at the Wandsbek Studios in Hamburg, while location shooting took place around the city.

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The story is told through a series of flashbacks. Dr. Rothe (Peter Lorre) is a German scientist doing secret research for the Nazi government during World War II. After he discovers that his fiancée has been selling secrets to the Allies, he murders her. This is covered up by the German government. After the war, Rothe is working under an alias as a doctor for displaced persons. After seeing one of the Nazi officers who helped cover up his crime, Rothe is overcome by guilt about his wartime crimes.

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The film was unsuccessful with most of the German audiences in the 1950s, who tried to forget the Nazi era and preferred Heimatfilme. Der Verlorene has since achieved more recognition.

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  1. ^ Robert Keser (November 2007), "Der Verlorene", Cinémathèque Annotations on Film, no. 45
  2. ^ Youngkin, Stephen D. (2005). The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2360-8.

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