September 12, 2018

NEIU Presents Lorre-Directed Movie

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the Chicago Film Society presents the only film Peter Lorre directed – the German-language Der Verlorene (1951) The movie will be shown on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University.

The 35mm print includes English subtitles.

The movie begins at 7:30 pm. A short, title to be announced, will also be shown.

Tickets are $7 general admission, and $3 for NEIU students. Tickets may be purchased at the Auditorium.

Der Verlorene will be shown in the Auditorium, located in Building E at Northeastern Illinois University. The university is located at 3701 West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

Parking is available for visitors in spaces designated as Blue Zone and Green Zone. More information about parking, as well as a campus map and directions, is available on the NEIU website.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin devotes a full chapter, Chapter 8, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", to the troubled making of Der Verlorene, including interviews with actors and crew who worked before and behind the cameras with Peter. Translating the title as The Lost One, Peter co-wrote and co-produced the movie, as well as directing himself in the lead role.

Unfortunately, Der Verlorene was a failure in Germany. Peter considered the experience a closed chapter in his life and returned to the United States, where he resumed his career in American movies and radio, as well as the new industry of television.

Since 1983, however, Der Verlorene has attracted more interest with numerous showings in a variety of venues, such as the NEIU. No doubt Peter Lorre would be very pleased at the attention his only directorial effort has received since his passing in 1964.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre may be purchased from Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K, as well as other booksellers.

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