Wartime thriller by the legendary filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Set in England during the early days of WW II, CONTRABAND stars Conrad Veidt and Valerie Hobson as a Danish sea captain and his enigmatic passenger who are kidnapped by a cell of Nazi spies operating from a basement in London's Soho. In evocatively Hitchcockian fashion, the plot progresses as a chase that puts the characters in one peculiar set of surroundings after another. What makes CONTRABAND unique is that most of the story takes place under blackout conditions (the original U.S. release title was BLACKOUT) in which the great city becomes a mysterious dark labyrinth, a potent metaphor for the English population's general confusion at the start of the war. Moreover, the blackout provides director Michael Powell a constant opportunity to pay subtle homage to Veidt's Germanic, expressionist heritage with chiaroscuro lighting and visual allusions to his classic films.
Cast & Crew
- Joss Ambler - Lt. Cmdr. Ashton
- Peter Bull - Third Brother Grimm
- Leo Genn - First Brother Grimm
- Valerie Hobson - Mrs. Sorensen
- Phoebe Kershaw - Miss Lang
- Esmond Knight - Mr. Pidgeon
- Stuart Latham - Second Brother Grimm
- Raymond Lovell - Van Dyne
- Bernard Miles - Man Lighting Pipe
- Milo O'Shea - Air Raid Warden
- Hay Petrie - Axel Skold/Erik Skold
- Conrad Veidt - Captain Andersen
- Charles Victor - Hendrick
- Harold Warrender - Lt. Cmdr. Ellis
Reviews(see the best reviews)
found it interesting 2c a woman b treated as intelligent
A very good movie to watch, some drama, some love, and some action. I really liked this movie it made me think that the Germans were pretty stupid people. I submit they lost we won, end of story.
First Rate.. Would not have missed it.
A Michael Powell film, so I knew I would enjoy it. A good action spy thriller.
great movie as expected from Powell/Pressburger
If you associate Conrad Veldt with the acidic Nazi officer in Casablanca, the romp in Contraband is a rich feast of madcap Danes, quirky passengers, English officials, bumbling German agents, and a complex sea captain (Veldt).