M (Restored) Reviews
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.