Confession of Ina Kahr (1954)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Confession of Ina Kahr is a pay-the-bills effort from the great German director G. W. Pabst. Told in flashback, the film recounts the events leading up to the killing of good-for-nothing Curt Jurgens. Warned by her friends and relatives that Jurgens is a bad job, impulsive Ina Kahr (Elizabeth Mueller) marries him anyway. His ceaseless philandering and abuse wears away at Ina to the point that she contemplates poisoning her husband. When this transpires, Ina wonders if she meant to do the deed, or if it was purely accidental. The court can't make up its mind either, and instead of sentencing Ina to death, the court prescribes a light six-month sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Back in 1954, jaundiced American movie critics suggested that Ina Kahr could have solved all her problems early on with strategic application of a rolling pin or frying pan.

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abuse, court [law], husband, marital-problems, philandering, poisoning, sentence [penal system]