M (M - EINE STADT SUCHT EINEN MÖRDER)
Fri. Nov. 10, 2017 8:30 PM - Fritz Lang Night
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
107 mins. Germany (1931). Digital Projection. German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Peter Lorre, Gustaf Gründgens, Theo Lingen, Otto Wernicke, Paul Kemp, Rosa Valetti, Gerhard Bienert, Friedrich Knass
Screenplay: Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Cinematography: Fritz Arno Wagner
Editing: Paul Falkenberg
Producer: Seymour Nebenzal
Released in the US by: The Criterion Collection
A child murderer is on the loose in Berlin. The members of organized crime increasingly feel disturbed by the manhunt conducted by the police; they initiate their own search for the mentally disturbed killer and impose on him the death penalty. Still today, M is regarded as one of the best German films ever made. Before most of his fellow directors, Fritz Lang recognized the artistic possibilities offered by sound - as well as the internal links between sounds and images. Thus, he mangaged to make the inner feelings of the sex offender so intensely visible that at the end the viewer even feels some sympathy for him.