M (Classic Tuesdays)

Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931

Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut Rated PG Run time 110 mins

Lang’s first sound film was based on the real-life manhunt for the Dusseldorf child murderer (an extraordinary performance by Peter Lorre). A radical, analytical film that contains many of Lang’s fascinations – innovative use of sound; the detail of police procedure; the parallels drawn between organised police behaviour and the underworld. A subversive film, or more simply a movie brimming over with the ferment of Lang’s imagination at its height? You choose.

100% – Rotten Tomatoes

8.3 / 10 – IMDB

“M not only makes a powerful case against capital punishment, but was also one of the first features to focus on forensic policing.”

“Undiminished in dramatic power and cinematic ingenuity – and still chillingly contemporary in its theme – this film remains an unqualified masterpiece.”

M Review -Empire