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- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 9, 2015
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Georg John, Rosa Valetti, Heinrich Gretler, Sigurd Lohde, Klaus Pohl & Otto Waldis|
|Directed by||Fritz Lang|
|Edited by||Paul Falkenberg|
|Screenwriting by||Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Paul Falkenberg, Adolf Jansen & Karl Vash|
|Composition by||Edvard Grieg|
|Produced by||Seymour Nebenzal|
|Director of Photography:||Fritz Arno Wagner & Gustav Rathje|
...What a haunting film it is...
Rating: A+ -- [VIDEO ESSAY] A precursor to the serial killer and policier genres, "M" is first and foremost a suspense thriller made all the more gripping because the identity of the killer is revealed in the first act. Full Review
...The genius of M is that despite the movie's expanded sensorial universe, it's what you don't see or hear that makes this Berlin crime thriller so terrifying...
Few films are gripping and effective 82 years after their original release, but this one surely is.
Los Angeles Times
...M is a dazzling film that, seven decades on, remains as innovative as it is unsettling...
Rating: 5/5 -- Lang's razor-sharp dissection of crime and punishment never puts a foot wrong. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- Fritz Lang's acute use of objects, symbols, letters, and codes to decrypt a relatively simple narrative remains as perfect an example of pure cinema in the sound era as one is likely to find. Full Review
In Fritz Lang's startling and exquisite film M, fear stalks the streets of Berlin in the form of a serial child murderer whose grisly accomplishments are so heinous even the criminal minds of the underworld want him dead. Filmed in post-Weimar Germany during the infancy of the Nazi state, this tale of moral depravity serves not just as an allegory for the need of justice for all, but as an ominous foreshadowing of the sort of societal hysteria that leads to cultural witch hunts. Originally titled "Morder Unter Uns" ("Murderers Among Us"), M was one of Peter Lorre's (CASABLANCA) first major film roles. Fritz Lang's expressionistic eye plunges into the dark cityscape of Berlin, as he follows the killer whistling down the street, seducing small children with toys and candy, and eventually fleeing for his life. A city paralyzed by fear, and a vast criminal underground network of blind beggars, thieves and murderers, as well as an unforgettable climax notable for its startling statement about the murderous nature which resides within human beings, are all rendered in Lang's painterly cinematography of sharp angles, dark corners and breakneck pacing.
In Lang's chilling masterpiece about a serial child killer who terrorizes a German town, Lorre gives an unforgettable performance as the modern psychopath, Franz Becker, who attempts to attain the dignity of a tragic hero, despite his uncontrollable urge to kill. Often credited for starting both the serial killer and the police procedural film genres, M is also notable for its startling statement about the murderous nature which resides within human beings.
- Theatrical release: May 11, 1931.
- M was filmed in Berlin in 1931.
- This was based on a true story about a killer in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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