SIFF 2024: Hitchcock’s Pro-Nazi Film? (***)

By Dennis Hartley

(Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on May 11, 2024)

I’ve always considered Alfred Hitchcock’s1944 war drama Lifeboat (about a small group of passengers who survive the sinking of their vessel by a U-boat) as a sharply observed microcosm of the human condition. However, Daphné Baiwir’s documentary sheds a different light, recalling a critical backlash from some who condemned the film as pro-German (an aspect I had never really considered before). A fascinating look at Hollywood in the 1940s, and the effects of war hysteria.

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