Sunday, December 5, 2010


Fritz Lang is best known for two movies: the sci-fi classic Metropolis and the film noir M.

In a German city, a child murderer is on the loose. The crimes are so horrific, the local criminals are willing to find the culprit. But who's responsible for these crimes? That would be Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre).

Heavy stuff here. M is considered to be the very first serial killer movie, so it's clear that M had an influence on later movies of the sort. Lorre shows both a vulnerable yet horrifying nature of his character. The speech Lorre gives for why he has an impulse to kill has to be one of the more chilling speeches I've heard. If you can only watch one foreign movie in your life, make it M.

My Rating: *****

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