A madman (Peter Lorre) is stalking the streets of Berlin, abducting small children. As public hysteria mounts, both the police and the criminal underworld start to hunt him. Bit by bit, the net tightens…
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For the longest time I use to believe that cinema should value image over everything. Watching this and other Lang masterpieces have opened my eyes to the power of sound which I now pay attention for just as much as the visuals. Then there's the way this film constantly strays the line between fiction and documentary. It begins as a fictional slasher film and becomes a documentary about Germany in the early 30s.
What strikes me more about this film is just how far ahead of its time it was in terms of style, with no score at all to emphasize the early sound recording system, the smart cutting and camerawork, not to mention the superb script, this is 100% modernist, sober and intelligent filmmaking.
I am about to watch the original 1932 British released version of M, recently rediscovered, featuring different actors, alternate takes and Peter Lorre's first performance in English. It's going to be one straaaaange evening, yes siree!
For me, the first undisputed masterpiece of talking pictures. Lorre turns in arguably his greatest performance and Fritz Lang shines. He manages to unnerve the audience without ever showing a single act of violence. Just brilliant.
Here on the 80th anniversary of its release, Fritz Lang's M still hasn't lost its power to shock. An early serial killer drama that dared to make the audience sympathize with its ghastly killer (hauntingly played by Peter Lorre), M remains one of the most unnerving films of all times, using early sound and influences of German Expressionism to memorable effect.