Broken Lullaby, (The Man I Killed) (1932) - Rotten Tomatoes

Broken Lullaby, (The Man I Killed) (1932)




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This serious drama was a real departure for filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch who is best known for his sophisticated, frothy comedies. It was the only serious talkie he ever made and is set in post-WWI Germany, Lubitsch's native country, where a guilt-ridden young French veteran has come to find the family of a soldier he killed. He wants them to forgive him, and surprisingly, they do.


Nancy Carroll
as Fraulein Elsa, Walter's Fiancée
Phillips Holmes
as Paul Renard
Lionel Barrymore
as Dr. H. Holderlin
Lucien Littlefield
as Herr Walter Schultz
Tom Douglas
as Walter Holderlin
Louise Carter
as Frau Holderlin
George Bickel
as Bresslauer
Emma Dunn
as Frau Muller
Tully Marshall
as Gravedigger
Lillian Elliott
as Frau Bresslauer
Reginald Pasch
as Fritz's Father
Joan Standing
as Flower Shop Girl
Rodney McKennon
as War Veteran
Torben Meyer
as Waiter at Inn
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Critic Reviews for Broken Lullaby, (The Man I Killed)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

[An] extraordinary stylistic experiment.

April 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Broken Lullaby is a powerful pacifist pre-code film from a truly iconic director that is highly recommended

December 14, 2021 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Not only is this a fascinating spiritual study that wouldn't fly now, but Lubitsch's story and eye are unparalleled.

November 19, 2021 | Full Review…

It is a pleasure to recommend Broken Lullaby. It is decidedly different from the conventional film and has a message strongly portrayed that the things that unite humanity together are after all stronger than [our] differences.

February 10, 2021 | Full Review…

Lubitsch manages to give us the unmistakable resources that sonority offers him. [Full Review in Spanish]

February 28, 2020 | Full Review…

..a full-blown melodrama about guilt, sorrow, and redemption in the face of unspeakable horror.

December 27, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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