Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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The Face Behind the Mask
Feature Film, US 1941, Schwarzweiß, 68 min., eOF
Diagonale 2014

Director: Robert Florey
Script: Allan Vincent, Paul Jarrico, nach einer Geschichte von Arthur Levinson und dem Hörspiel "Interim" von Thomas Edward O'Connell
Cast: Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe, George E. Stone, John Tyrrell
Camera: Franz Planer
Editor: Charles Nelson
Music: Morris W. Stoloff
Producers: Irving Briskin, Wallace MacDonald
Production: Columbia Pictures


An accidental fire destroys the future dreams of Hungarian immigrant Janos Szabo: His face is disfigured and he can no longer find a job. Janos decides to hide his face behind a mask, and descends into a spiral of crime – it is only when he meets Helen, who is blind, that his eyes are opened. Peter Lorre creates the illusion of a mask where there is none, using simply some white powder and two strips of adhesive tape.

Introduction: Brigitte Mayr