Posted on 5/24/10 07:58 AM
A dark predecessor to the modern detective story, Fritz Lang's M is as compelling and engaging as film noir gets. There are certain moments in this movie where I was literally glued to the screen, wondering what would happen next.
In terms of pacing and storyline, M is surprisingly modern-many of the plot elements you might recognize from similar modern "whodunit" films.
Peter Lorre's performance is key to the film's success and, in his first starring role, he paints a picture of a terrified, disturbed, and perverse man who is very much a slave to his mind. The final moments of the exciting climax are among the most brilliant examples of psychologically disturbed narratives in film.
A must-see for any fan of film noir, M is Fritz Lang's masterpiece. It's in German, so most viewers will have to watch with subtitles, but I assure you that it's not in the least bit distracting- after all, much of the film's brilliance is visual.
NOTE: M is in the public domain, and can be viewed for free here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O_ldOK3dDE