DVD - 1998 | German
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A psychopathic murderer of children terrorizes a German city causing public hysteria and intense police investigations, which in turn disrupts organized crime. The contrasting worlds of the police and the underworld are juxtaposed as they both resolve to hunt, capture, and try the murderer.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [1998]
ISBN: 9780780029095
Branch Call Number: PN1997 .M3 1998
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Fritz Lang's M


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May 17, 2017

listed in the 1001 Movies to See Before You Die

Fascinating early talkie. Quite creepy and historically ground-breaking for some of its cinematic techniques. A must-watch for film buffs. This is the movie that made Peter Lorre a superstar.

hania4987 Feb 18, 2014

Absolutely brilliant movie; you don't have to be a film student to appreciate it. It is worthwhile to listen to the commentary to glean historical and cinematic background. The movie is an interesting mix of realism and myth, with romanticized characters reminiscent of Runyon. The incredible images, characters, the comic touches, the use of sound and silence, the use of light and shadow are all handled masterfully. We are taught as little children not to accept candy from strangers --this movie shows you why while showing how a community reacts to these horrible local events. I will never hear that melody without thinking of this film.

Jul 28, 2013

peter lorre is brilliant. his performance in this film was the reason mothers would grab their kids and run when they saw him walking down the street (much to his dismay). the film's plot was also based in part on the activities of the dusseldorf ripper, peter kurten, who terrorised the city for the better part of a decade before turning himself in to police. but unlike lorre's tortured character, kurten was unrepentant.

Library_Dragon Apr 26, 2013

One of my favorites. Incredibly slow-moving for today's audiences, but the slow build adds that much more to the film's impact. It's completely worth the time and patience. The film is made up of strings of beautifully composed shots, full of light and darkness---and also Peter Lorre, who's an amazing actor. Gorgeous film. Fritz Lang is amazing.

Apr 26, 2013

A great film with the wonderful Peter Lorre. Can't believe it was made in 1930/1931. It feels like a very current story. Great direction and performances.

brendancarlson Feb 19, 2012

Truly the difinitive classic, and a 'must see'. Be sure to insist on the CRITERION disc set as it's been fully digitally re-mastered & restored


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