Still from "M"
35mm film (black and white, German)
110 min., 1.19:1
Nero-Film AG, Berlin, (Restored 2000, Netherlands Film Museum in collaboration with the Federal Film Archive, the Cinemateque Suisse, Kirsch Media and ZDF/ARTE, re-released: The Criterion Collection, 2004
Excerpt from The Criterion Collection:
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the Murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann... In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.
Fritz Lang, Austrian-American, (1890–1976)
b. December 5, 1890, Vienna
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