Fritz Lang

Ministry of Fear

Ministry of Fear

Suffused with dread and paranoia, this Fritz Lang adaptation of a novel by Graham Greene is a plunge into the eerie shadows of a world turned upside down by war. En route to London after being released from a mental institution, Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) stops at a seemingly innocent village fair, after which he finds himself caught in the web of a sinister underworld with possible Nazi connections. Lang was among the most illustrious of the European émigré filmmakers working in Hollywood during World War II, and Ministry of Fear is one of his finest American productions, an unpredictable thriller with style to spare.

Film Info

  • Fritz Lang
  • United States
  • 1944
  • 87 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #649

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Glenn Kenny

New cover by Geoff Grandfield

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Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Glenn Kenny

New cover by Geoff Grandfield

Ministry of Fear
Cast
Ray Milland
Stephen Neale
Marjorie Reynolds
Carla Hilfe
Carl Esmond
Willi Hilfe
Hillary Brooke
Mrs. Bellane No. 2
Percy Waram
Inspector Prentice
Dan Duryea
Cost/Travers, the Tailor
Alan Napier
Dr. J. M. Forrester
Erskine Sanford
George Rennit
Aminta Dyne
Mrs. Bellane No. 1
Mary Field
Martha Penteel
Credits
Director
Fritz Lang
Associate producer
Seton I. Miller
Screenplay
Seton I. Miller
Based on the novel by
Graham Greene
Music score
Victor Young
Art director
Hans Dreier
Art director
Hal Pereira
Costumes
Edith Head
Edited by
Archie Marshek
Makeup artist
Wally Westmore
Sound recording
W. C. Smith
Sound recording
Don Johnson
Set decoration
Bertram Granger

From The Current

On Fritz Lang in the 1940s
On Fritz Lang in the 1940s

Ministry of Fear, now available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S., was the eighth film Fritz Lang made in Hollywood after emigrating from Germany in 1936. It was also, as author Joe McElhaney (The Death of Classical Cinema: Hitchcock,…

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Ministry of Fear: Paranoid Style
Ministry of Fear: Paranoid Style

Working in America, German master Fritz Lang contributed to the anti-Nazi effort with this nightmarish, surreal tale of espionage.

By Glenn Kenny

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Hans Dreier

Art Director

Hans Dreier

One of the most prolific film artists in Hollywood history, the German-born art director Hans Dreier worked on more than five hundred films from 1919 to 1951, amassing twenty-three Academy Award nominations and three Oscars. A student of engineering and architecture, Dreier began his career as an architect for the German government before being hired to design sets for UFA, the home of the German film industry, during the silent era. Like many of his moviemaking countrymen, Dreier eventually moved to Los Angeles, bringing with him all the expressionist tools of his trade—dramatically exaggerated spaces and chiaroscuro—and working closely with cinematographers like Victor Milner and such directors as Josef von Sternberg and Ernst Lubitsch to create vivid visual experiences. Dreier’s astonishingly vast and varied body of work extends from the intense, romantic shadows of early von Sternberg to the psychological grit of Anthony Mann’s American West, with many lighthearted pit stops in between, from Lubitsch's Ruritanian comic-musical landscapes to Preston Sturges’ just-off-center, whacked-out Americana.