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Crime comedy by Joseph Kesselring
Director: Wolfgang Rumpf

Family is hell. Provinces are hell. Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic and Old Lace" is about a family in the provinces.
The characters include the two charming and murderous elderly ladies Abby and Martha Brewster, their mentally disoriented nephew Teddy, the frustrated theater critic Mortimer, two professional killers, a late girl, a village pastor, and they are all somehow related or interconnected.
The plot of this classic black comedy essentially involves a lot of people trying to maneuver a lot of bodies through a house without letting each other notice.
It's not the arsenic that scares the audience, it's the old lace that humorously teaches them to fear. Because what's creepy isn't the murders, but the appalling normality and respectability of the perpetrators.
Nothing can be more frightening than a well-kept front yard. Nothing hides more than a tidy facade. And nothing is funnier than a classic crime comedy with all the usual elements: bodies in the cellar, bodies in the trunk, many open and closed doors and floor hatches. Stairs, steps, and corners.

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