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M (Criterion Collection) (Special Edition) (1931)

Cast: Peter Lorre, Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, more...
Director: Fritz Lang, Fritz Lang
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion Collection, Criterion
Genre: Classics, Foreign, Germany, Cops, Criterion Collection
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
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Fritz Lang's classic early talkie crime melodrama is set in 1931 Berlin. The police are anxious to capture an elusive child murderer (Peter Lorre) and begin rounding up every criminal in town. The Underworld leaders decide to take the heat off their activities by catching the child killer themselves. Once the killer is fingered, he is marked with the letter "M" chalked on his back. He is tracked down and captured by the combined forces of the Berlin criminal community, who put him on trial for his life in a kangaroo court. The killer pleads for mercy, whining that he can't control his homicidal instincts. The police close in and rescue the killer from the Underworld, so that he can stand trial again in "respectable" circumstances. Some prints of the film end with a caution to the audience to watch after their children more carefully. Filmed in Germany, M was the film that solidified Fritz Lang's reputation with American audiences, and also made a star out of Peter Lorre (previously a specialist in comedy roles!) M was remade by Hollywood in 1951, with David Wayne giving a serviceable performance as the killer. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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M (Criterion Collection) (Special Edition) (1931)
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8.45 (165 votes)
M (Criterion Collection) (Special Edition) (Bonus Disc) (1931)
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German Film - inadequate Subtitles by funnytoo May 12, 2012 - 7:39 AM PDT
probably one of the few 10s I'll ever grant on the merits of the film itself.
This German movie is so wordy that it really only packs the proper punch when understood in German. The nuances are totally lost with the inept Subtitles and therefore it's no wonder many non-german speaking viewers simply don't 'feel' the whole sub-culture of the Underworld. Peter Lorre (László Löwenstein) the Austrian born Actor & Comedian manages a near perfect Berliner Accent and the Screenwriter Thea von Harbou together with Fritz Lang & the uncredited Egon Jacobson have accomplished what seems impossible today: convey bone chilling suspense & physiological drama without the use of graphic blood and guts scenes.
Rent this, buy this, but by all means Don't Miss This!!

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