M (1931)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

Germany, 1931.  Nero-Film AG.  Screenplay by , Fritz Lang, based on an article by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by

Early film noir is considered the most important step in German expressionist cinema. Directed by the incomparable Fritz Lang, the film tells the tale of a serial killer () with a predilection for murdering small children. Its sympathetic look at the weakness and insecurity that leads an individual towards the most horrible acts is still pointed out as being a keystone in film storytelling, particularly as the story is told from the bad guy’s point of view. Innovative camera work and haunting photography is a plus, but beware of badly edited, badly copied prints that are out there; they’ll ruin the whole experience for you.

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