An exceptional film by the exceptional Fritz Lang. Peter Lorre at his European best. Profound realization of Berlin between the wars. Remarkable cinematography. Further, the film demonstrates that music − there is none − is not needed to make a cinematic masterpiece; indeed, silence heightens the effect of the moving images, which is what film is about. The league of beggars idea may have been influenced by Victor Hugo‘s Les Misérables. There is considerable homage to this film, by the way, in Carol Reed’s The Third Man − and perhaps by extension by way of author Graham Greene, to Hugo.