Uncertainty and fear of the unknown are the hallmarks of this classic film noir by master director Lang, which, until the last revelation, is guaranteed to puzzle and chill the viewer. The suspense in this thriller is terrific as Lang, ever the careful craftsman, shows only what is
necessary to the confusing plot. The low-key lighting and Sharp's moody cinematography are perfectly suited to the film's elaborate, Kafkaesque approach wherein shadow, silence and normally pedestrian movements, taken out of context, take on an air of evil and doom. Milland gives a spellbinding
performance as a man who, ostensibly having murdered his wife, is released from an insane asyl...