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M

IT STAGGERS THE SENSES!...SHOCKS the Imagination - It will leave you Gasping - It is the Sensation of 3 Continents! 

Year: 1931 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate:
Subtitles: It is expected that this film is fully subtitled. 
Directed by Fritz Lang 
Starring: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut  
An image from M

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19:30 Monday 13th February 2023

Review:

Perhaps Fritz Lang is most well-known for Metropolis, his endlessly influential science-fiction classic. Nonetheless, four years later, he produced something equally stunning in M. Made after the introduction of synchronised sound, there remains a silent-movie power in the images; also, M’s moral grey areas may act as a precursor to film noir and Lang’s Hollywood work in the 1940s.

For the time, it tackles remarkably dark subject matter. Peter Lorre uses a childish nervousness in his portrayal of Beckert, a horrific serial killer, and M comprises the fearful and angry hunt to capture him. The early appearance of the murderer removes mystery, but this works to shift into suspense and critique, to the point of blurring who is meant to have earned our sympathy. Lang compared the story to a moving spotlight; it moves through different levels of society to portray a city in crisis, with the disturbing appearances of accusations and paranoia.

Max King

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Screenings of this film:

2022/2023 Spring Term (digital)