“You knew Walter? You met him […] and you didn’t forget him?”
”I couldn’t forget him”
”When did you see him last?”
”Yes, tell us all about the last time you saw him”
What divinely cruel penance. A French soldier forced to relive his trauma every day as he assimilates into the German soldier he killed. He seeks absolution of guilt and receives the monkey’s paw.
Lubitsch does not hold back. His usual lighthearted double entendres mutates into scarring interpretation.…