M (Blu-Ray) (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Fritz Lang Starring: Peter Lorre

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Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 214439935
UPC 715515057714
UPC 14 00715515057714
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/11/2010
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Editors Note
Note In Fritz Lang's startling and exquisite film M, fear stalks the streets of Berlin in the form of a serial child murderer whose grisly accomplishments are so heinous even the criminal minds of the underworld want him dead. Filmed in post-Weimar Germany during the infancy of the Nazi state, this tale of moral depravity serves not just as an allegory for the need of justice for all, but as an ominous foreshadowing of the sort of societal hysteria that leads to cultural witch hunts. Originally titled "Morder Unter Uns" ("Murderers Among Us"), M was one of Peter Lorre's (CASABLANCA) first major film roles. Fritz Lang's expressionistic eye plunges into the dark cityscape of Berlin, as he follows the killer whistling down the street, seducing small children with toys and candy, and eventually fleeing for his life. A city paralyzed by fear, and a vast criminal underground network of blind beggars, thieves and murderers, as well as an unforgettable climax notable for its startling statement about the murderous nature which resides within human beings, are all rendered in Lang's painterly cinematography of sharp angles, dark corners and breakneck pacing.
Plot Summary
Summary In Lang's chilling masterpiece about a serial child killer who terrorizes a German town, Lorre gives an unforgettable performance as the modern psychopath, Franz Becker, who attempts to attain the dignity of a tragic hero, despite his uncontrollable urge to kill. Often credited for starting both the serial killer and the police procedural film genres, M is also notable for its startling statement about the murderous nature which resides within human beings.
Chicago Sun-Times "...What a haunting film it is..." 08/03/1997 p.5
Total Film "...M is a dazzling film that, seven decades on, remains as innovative as it is unsettling..." 11/01/2003 p.124
Premiere "...The genius of M is that despite the movie's expanded sensorial universe, it's what you don't see or hear that makes this Berlin crime thriller so terrifying..." 12/01/2003 p.4
Sight and Sound "The film itself remains as potent as ever. What's really striking is the eerie pathos of Peter Lorre's performance." 12/01/2003 p.62
Fritz Lang
Peter Lorre
Cast & Crew
Hertha von Walther - Star
Hans Behal - Star
Hugo Doblin - Star
Ernst Paul Hempel - Star
Ernst Wulf - Star
Gustaf Gründgens - Star
Albert Karchow - Star
Mascheck - Star
Inge Landgut - Star
Werner Kepich - Star
Karl Elzer - Star
Gunther Hadank - Star
Wolf Trutz - Star
Isenta - Star
Else Ehser - Star
Heinrich Gotho - Star
Karl Heinz Stroux - Star
Fritz Odemar - Star
Rosa Lichenstein - Star
Hadrian M. Netto - Star
Reihsig - Star
Bruno Zeiner - Star
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur - Star
Rudolf Blumner - Star
Josef Almas - Star
Ilse Furstenberg - Star
Max Sablotski - Star
Peter Lorre - Star
Georg John - Star
Gunther Neumann - Star
Paul Mederow - Star
Oscar Hocker - Star
Otto Waldis - Star
Kurth - Star
Margarete Melzer - Star
Rebane - Star
Swinborne - Star
Gerhardt Bienert - Star
Lotte Lobinger - Star
Sigurd Lohde - Star
Nied - Star
Agnes Schulz-Lichterfeld - Star
Otto Wernicke - Star
Leonard Steckel - Star
Alfred Loretto - Star
Anna Goltz - Star
Maja Norden - Star
Ellen Widmann - Star
Edgar Pauly - Star
Matthis - Star
Franz Polland - Star
Albert Hoermann - Star
Heinrich Gretler - Star
Carell - Star
Goldstein - Star
Alexander Sascha - Star
Josef Damen - Star
Paul Kemp - Star
Friedrich Gnass - Star
Carl Balthaus - Star
Gelingk - Star
Rolf Wanka - Star
Theodor Loos - Star
Rosa Valetti - Star
Hermann Krehan - Star
Erwin Faber - Star
Rhaden - Star
Borwin Walth - Star
Theo Lingen - Star
Leeser - Star
Trude Moss - Star
Paul Rehkopf - Star
Gelin Wannemann - Star
Karl Platen - Star
J.A. Eckhoff - Star
Klaus Pohl - Star
Hans Ritter - Star
Robert Hartberg - Star
Paul Falkenberg - Screenwriter
Seymour Nebenzal - Producer
Gustav Rathje - Director of Photography
Fritz Arno Wagner - Director of Photography
Emil Hasler - Production Designer
Fritz Lang - Screenwriter
Thea von Harbou - Screenwriter
Paul Falkenberg - Editor
Karl Vash - Screenwriter
Karl Vollbrecht - Production Designer
Edvard Grieg - Composer
Adolf Jansen - Screenwriter
Fritz Lang - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1931
UPC 00715515057714
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color B&W
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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