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M

2006 1h 49m Drama List
Reviews 89% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
A disturbed young man stalks and eventually tries to save his neighbor from prostitution. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Fritz Lang's first sound film offers a cutting commentary on society and criminal justice. Universally relevant, M is part precursor to modern detective drama, part study of collective-manhunt mania. The film sweeps from periods of paranoia and frustration through to frenzied confusion and over-policing, with a lot of sitting around tables stressing, shouting and (above all else) smoking, along the way. However, it's in its raw atmospherics and scenes of sustained silence that Lang's film really achieves its greatness; as it plays with its newfound medium to the full, even in introducing leitmotif to catch its killer. In all it's a timeless triumph of early, experimental sound cinema, with bags of bite and an eye-popping Peter Lorre to boot. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member An exceptional film in style, expressionism and direction. Peter Lorre is chilling as the child killer. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Rather slow by today's standards but I was surprised by its wit and satire. It's also great getting to see a younger Peter Lorre really knock a monologue out of the park towards the end. Overall, "M" is a nice prelude to the modern serial killer drama and one that holds up pretty well after all these years. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best movies of all time, straight up. One of two movies ever made (with "Happiness") of a performance so affecting as a despicable child abuser that it evokes pity. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Powerful. I hope this never gets remade. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member This was such a good movie, and a total surprise. I was impressed by how modern the techniques were for establishing the story, cutting from one scene to the next, and even the ethical issues raised by the narrative. Think a long, intricate episode of Law and Order: SVU, inexplicably filmed in time to be released in Germany in 1931. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A disturbed young man stalks and eventually tries to save his neighbor from prostitution.
Director
Ryuichi Hiroki
Producer
Makoto Ishihara
Screenwriter
Hisashi Saito
Production Co
Basara Pictures Inc.
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Japanese
Runtime
1h 49m