'M' is a masterpiece of the highest order. Here, the personal is political and Lang's portrays a Germany leaving behind a law abiding society in exchange for what would be soon clearly defined as fascism only two years after the film's release. 'M' is a film that laments a society deserting its citizens, emerging into an eerily prescient work of art that's also timeless in its insights. One for the ages.
El caos moral de la justicia, el crimen, la ciudad. Un asesinato en serie no es más que una pequeña parte de la ruina de una sociedad que, precisamente, no puede controlarse, no tiene escapatoria: el único camino es la tragedia. Un pesimismo desolador amparado por la brillante dirección de Lang. El uso de los objetos como presencias que están en la realidad y por ende participan de ella; el espacio, a su vez, de...
The beginning and the ending stand out. The story wanders and lacks tension. The social attack, the strongest aspect, falls flat: it critics how society easily accuses those inept of defense. From this, erupts a monstrous principle that leads to kangaroo courts, displaying those people as villains. Isn't this being complicit in the crime judged? Justice is illogical if anyone will bend it to their aim.
One of the great movie from Germany. It is considered as a masterpiece from director Fritz Lang. M is really changing a face of world cinema. This movie invented some unique techniques and a different kind storytelling. Although, this movie is the first "talkie" for Mr. Lang, in this movie - he looks like a pro. Just look at how he created a suspense without showing the real murder. He knew how to amaze the audiences
A very early prototype noir, in a way. You will see very familiar plot devices at work here, but Lang still has a touch that makes them seem new again. Lorre steals the show at the end with a career defining performance. A great early 30s talkie, showing Lang was capable of making the jump from silent to sound masterfully. 5 easy stars. Essential.
Substituting expressionism for gritty realism, Lang & co. simultaneously predict the grammar of the modern procedural, the film noir & the entire serial killer sub-genre. Placing the emphasis on the community & finding disquieting political parallels in scenes of mob justice, irrationality & civil unrest, the film's slow crawl from docudrama towards a kind of heightened theatre of the absurd is endlessly compelling.