M

Directed by Fritz Lang
Starring Peter Lorre

Home Vision | March 23, 2001 | DVD

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One of the most extraordinary things about Fritz Lang's blood-curdling film is the fact that he filmed it in 1931, for in terms of suspense and sheer terror, M ranks with modern classics like Silence of the Lambs. Lang based the film on the true story of a German child serial killer in the early days of Nazism. The grisly, horrifying slaughters have raised the ire of even the criminal underworld, who vow to bring the killer to their own brand of justice. Their only clue is the tune he sings before killing, "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Peter Lorre is brilliant as the murderer, at once pathetic and terrifying. This DVD version contains the final mock-trial scene.

Video Release: March 23, 2001

Theatrical Release: 1931

Runtime: 110

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Home Vision

UPC: 037429126523

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M

Directed by Fritz Lang
Starring Peter Lorre

Video Release: March 23, 2001

Theatrical Release: 1931

Runtime: 110

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Home Vision

UPC: 037429126523


Edition Description
  • Digital Sound, Mono, Dolby
  • Black & White, B&W
  • Digitally Processed
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in German
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Fritz Lang's chilling masterpiece about a serial killer who terrorizes a town; Peter Lorre is justly celebrated for his performance as the pathetic and scary murderer. A pretty balloon or a piece of candy... children used to feel safe taking these little trinkets from a stranger. But the last few who did so were never seen alive again. The police have no clue to the killer's identity, so they're keeping a close watch on anyone who doesn't seem quite respectable -- and that bothers the city's petty thieves and beggars. So they band together to find the culprit themselves. And they know just one thing about him: the piece of music he whistles as he's about to entice a victim...

Description

A dark fable of the perversity of manÆs nature. 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 foreshadow of the sort of societal hysteria that leads to cultural witchhunts. Lorre's film debut was originally titled "Morder Unter Uns" ("Murderers Among Us"). Two versions exist: a 99-minute and the original 117-minute with a courtroom ending. Producer Nebenzal was persuaded to participate in a Hollywood remake in 1951 which, though effective, never lived up to its predecessorÆs achievement.

Notes

This was based on a true story about a killer in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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