Murder -- Investigation -- Germany -- Drama, Murder -- Psychological aspects -- Drama, Serial murderers -- Germany -- Drama


(M: mörder unter uns), (M - eine stadt sucht einen morder)

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Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke,

Fritz Lang’s masterpiece is a terrifying excursion into an urban underworld where it is difficult to distinguish morally between the activities of organized crime and organized law enforcement. Peter Lorre gives his immortal performance as a pathetic child murderer pursued by both the law and the syndicate. In the rigor of its construction—which fuses atmosphere with plot and image with sound to express a kind of entrapment that is at once psychological and based in reality—M is a precursor not only to the films that the Vienna-born Lang made in America, but to American film noir in general.

  • Thea von Harbou
  • Fritz Lang
  • Fritz Arno Wagner
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 99 mins
  • Kino Lorber

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M / M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Morder (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2002

M (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), 2000

M (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2000

Stormy weather (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1997

Second time around: M (review), SF Weekly, Gregg Rickman, 1997

Fascinating rhythms (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1997

M (flyer), Kino International Corporation, 1997

M (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Fritz Lang, 1996

Fritz Lang (article), American Film, Andy Klein, 1990

M (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1987

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