The Murderers Are Among Us
“The Murderers are Among Us,” by Wolfgang Staudte was the first post-WW2 film produced in Germany. It is a fascinating film in the way that it helps to thoroughly depict the complicated atmosphere of post war Germany. I believe Mr. Staudte had the intentions of providing an informative, yet entertaining film for German audiences. However, this film also serves audiences by allowing them to take notice of the horrific events that occurred and also providing a different viewpoint on how they can move forward. The film must have played quite the noteworthy role in setting the tone for the discussion of German guilt and atonement regarding the war and also the different positions that male and females played when it first premiered.
During this film, men are the dominating sex. They hold all the cards and possess all the power. The men have jobs which are in positions of power and positions of controlling others. While on the other hand, the women are only seen doing less important things, such as cooking and cleaning. Besides the jobs of power that the men hold, and lack of jobs of power that the woman hold there are also other examples that lead you to believe that the dominating sex in this movie are the males. During one scene in the movie, the doctor is drunk and playing chess with one of the female characters. During the game he mocks and criticizes her because of the tactics that she chooses while playing chess. However the women in the film provide a more serine vibe. Even in the face of adversity, the female leading character is still able to show compassion, and understanding. She is able to show forgiveness and help the doctor move for and get over and accept his past actions. While she does not hold a strong position of power like the males in the film, she does however hold sway over the emotions and mental state of the character. Although there was one scene where the woman can be seen in a position of power, one is left...
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