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The young Peter Lorre is terrifyingly ordinary as the child-murderer whom police and criminals hunt down in what is still one of the best forensic police procedurals ever made, while Gustaf Grundgens has effortless charisma as the chief gangster. Lorre's Hollywood exile and decay, and Grundgens' betrayal of old friends and principles under the Nazis, merely add a layer of irony to all this. Lang's ironic cuts--a gangster's gesture is completed by his police equivalent--and dark, studio-bound cinematography make this one of the great precursors of American film noir. Simply, seen without cracks and pops and lines running down the screen, M is revealed as a true classic--a film that shames everything made in its genre since.
On the DVD: M on disc has a great deal of documentary material featuring scholars and technicians telling us just how clever they have been in preparing this splendid restoration. The film also comes with a detailed commentary into which has been spliced interview material with Lang talking in English about specific sequences. There is a German-language film interview with Lang in which he talks through his career and re-enacts the interview with Goebbels that led to his exile; an audio interview with Peter Bogdanovich; and an intelligent video critical essay by film historian R Dixon Smith. The restored film is shown in its correct, unusual visual aspect ratio of 1.90:1 and has vivid cleaned-up digital mono sound: the murderer's whistling of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" has never sounded so chilling. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Rewatching Fritz Lang's 1931 film M again recently I was (once again) in awe of its cinematic virtuosity and, indeed, of the film's profound influence on many genres of world... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith M
OVER-RATED, PONDEROUS AND DULL!
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The gripping true story of a child-killer on the loose in 1930s Dusseldorf ... Read more
This film is a definite must see!!!Peter Lorre is his creepy best as the main character....its so atmospheric and tense!Its one of the greatest movies of all time!Published 5 months ago by crazyprincess
When watching M notice the unusual way Fritz Lang uses sound. The child-killer's whistling of 'In the hall of the mountain king' identifies him. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mopoet
Just an outstanding film.
I chose to watch the German version with English subtitles as that's the original format. Read more
A must have for fans of German cinema and in particular those movies by Fritz Lang. I enjoyed this more than any of his others.Published 8 months ago by Paul Scollon