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M (1931)

Directed by


Starring (View all)
Peter Lorre Peter Lorre
Hans Beckert
Ellen Widmann Ellen Widmann
Frau Beckmann
Inge Landgut Inge Landgut
Elsie Beckmann
Otto Wernicke Otto Wernicke
Inspector Karl Lohmann
Theodor Loos Theodor Loos
Inspector Groeber
Gustaf Gründgens Gustaf Gründgens
Schränker
Fritz Odemar Fritz Odemar
The Cheater


Written by
Thea von Harbou Thea von Harbou
(script) and
Fritz Lang Fritz Lang
(script)


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M for Masterpiece...

15 years, 5 months ago at Sep 29 2:17
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"What do you know about it? Who are you anyway? Who are you? Criminals? Are you proud of yourselves? Proud of breaking safes or cheating at cards? Things you could just as well keep your fingers off. You wouldn't need to do all that if you'd learn a proper trade or if you'd work. If you weren't a bunch of lazy bastards. But I... I can't help myself! I have no control over this, this evil thing ins... read more

The fire, the voices, the torment!

15 years, 5 months ago at Oct 5 10:01
3 votes
''I can't help what I do! I can't help it, I can't... ''


When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Peter Lorre: Hans Beckert

''I... I can't help myself! I have no control over this, this evil thing inside of me, the fire, the voices, the torment!''

In the world of ... read more

The birth of psychological thrillers.

12 years, 11 months ago at Mar 14 2:06
2 votes
M was released in the early stages of cinema and after another German film Nosferatu, M became almost like the birth of the thriller genre so in terms of horror and suspense, the Germans were the ones that started those specific genres off! I really like silent films especially ones that are suspenseful and have a dark story but this one was a bit of both because there were moments of ordinary dia... read more
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A child murderer is at large, so the police, due to public outcry, launch an intense investigation to find the killer. After some time, the ongoing manhunt has only achieved in angering the criminal underworld whose operations are being disrupted by the intense police prescence in their city, so they team up and decide to track down the killer themselves in hopes of finally ending the police crackdown.
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Tags: Crime (26), German (24), Thriller (21), 1930s (20), Germany (18), Serial Killer (18), 1931 (18), Murder (14), Film Noir (13), Drama (10), Black & White (8), Whistling (8), Investigation (7), Police (7), Trial (7), Interrogation (6), Paranoia (6), German Expressionism (6), (6)
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" In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre), a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of a massive Berlin police manhunt. Beckert's heinous crimes are so repellant and disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy underworld network. With both cops and criminals in pursuit, the murderer soon realizes that people are on his trail, sending him into a tense, panicked attempt to escape justice. "


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"20.11. Watching this classic again reminded me how innovative and huge it was at the time of its release. Take the use of sound for example, no music was used, but the silence sets the mood and the murderer's presence is made known only by whistling. The camera movements are so subtle and well made you'd think they were common back in the day, but nope. That because the silencing technique at the time was so new and poor they usually couldn't use any cranes or other machinery but stand still, s"


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Unforgettable masterpiece

“Fritz Lang was a fine director with an artistic vision that is just genius. This is seen perfectly in pretty much all of his resume, especially in Metropolis and this unforgettable masterpiece, M. The film has a great story that unfolds without feeling too fast or too slow in development with a theme that is still relevant today, and to this day I never thought I would see a film that would make me think that the music of Grieg(Peer Gynt being the murderer's motif in a form of a truly chilling whistle) was scary.

When it comes to sound and visuals, M is a triumph. The images expressionistic in their look and tone are incredibly atmospheric including in the brilliantly crafted opening sequence, and the sound is very inspired, yes even in the small details like Lorre clicking open ” read more

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"I watched the restored version (in HD resolution) of this classic German movie. Historically interesting pictures and dialogues and very good performance by Peter Lorre who is perfect in his role as an insane murderer. my rating: 8,0"


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“Posiblemente el primer thriller sobre un asesino serial hecho en la gran pantalla, este es un film que sigue siendo considerado de los mejores del med”

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“Posiblemente el primer thriller sobre un asesino serial hecho en la gran pantalla, este es un film que sigue siendo considerado de los mejores del med”

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“Posiblemente el primer thriller sobre un asesino serial hecho en la gran pantalla, este es un film que sigue siendo considerado de los mejores del medio incluso casi noventa años después de su estreno. Por M es que tenemos a Se7en o The Silence of The Lambs cargando consigo las bases del género antes del mismo Hitchcock. Ese es suficiente motivo para revisarle en caso de tener algo de cultura cinematográfica y hacer una revisión de sus ideas.

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