M (1931)

“They’re on your back even if you’re with a broad. They’ve gone nuts – got this murderer on the brain. My old lady has a little six year old girl and every night I have to check under the bed to see if the murderer’s hiding there. You can’t do business anymore for tripping over cops everywhere. There’s no privacy anymore. I’m fed up with it.” – Pickpocket with 6 Watches

Number of Times Seen – 1 (31 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – As the police interrupt the work of crime lords while searching for a notorious serial killer who preys on children, the crime syndicates decide to work together to catch the menace in parallel to the police.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been avoiding watching for quite some time despite the fact that it is ranked so high on IMDB’s Top 250 list (#79 as of today)

I’ve never been the biggest fan of foreign language films and knowing tat this was in German, I stayed far away from it for too long.

I’m so glad that I decided to finally watch this today on a whim because it is such an amazing film that truly works on numerous levels.

The way that the film is filmed by Director Fritz Lang is superbly done and they are times when he doesn’t show certain events happening that are more powerful unseen than if they would have been filmed because it allows the audience to use their imagination to a point where they probably thin of more gruesome actions than they probably would have put in the script.

The film is paced amazingly and we get to easily see why the crime syndicates would see that it is truly in their own interest to (in a round about way) help the police find and stop this serial killer.

This film also finds a way to show the ingenuity of the criminals as they use their street smarts and combined efforts for good and if they would do so more often, they might be able to help society as they are trying to help themselves.

Peter Lorre is great in the lead and is very creepy in this role which in turns works so well throughout.

I’m so glad that I finally saw this film because it truly is a near masterpiece of movie history.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing film that truly works on numerous levels. The way that it was filmed by Lang is superb and by not showing certain scenes, he allows us to conjure in our minds something even more gruesome than was probably intended. The way that the film is paced is great and we can easily see why the crime syndicates would see that it in their own interests to (sort of) help the police with their investigation. This film also shows the ingenuity of such mobsters that if the would use their combined efforts for good every so often, things might be a bit different. Lorre is nice and creepy in the lead role and plays the part nearly perfectly.  So glad I finally saw this because it truly is a near masterpiece. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – MGM studio executive Irving Thalberg assembled his writers and directors for a private screening of this film, telling them that they needed to be making films of this power and caliber. He also admitted that if anyone had brought a story of a child killer to him, he would have rejected it. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)


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3 thoughts on “M (1931)

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  2. Say, have you considered reviewing foreign films that have US remakes as a means of comparison as well as a way to expand your horizons? I’m betting you’ll fund a load of new favorites you’re missing or at least tick a few films of a very long list.

    Off the top of my head: The Wages of Fear (1953) and Sorcerer (1977), Les Diaboliques and either Games (1967) or Diabolique (1996), Yojimbo (1961) and A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Rashmon (1950) and The Outrage (1964), The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe (1972) and The Man With One Red Shoe (1985) . OK, I’ll stop here (or I’ll go on forever, lol).


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