A far cry from the silent Metropolis, with its sci-fi romanticism and sparse dialog, this first of Lang's talkies is very talkative and completely earthy, and a film noir forerunner. Lang's directing is great as usual and the editing is exceptional giving this a good pace for its time. M is also a display of newfound maturity for Lang, esp. the final scenes. I must add that it was hard for me to watch this without constantly being reminded of the historical context in which it was made.
I was really impressed with the camerawork here, seeing as it's 80 years old! Peter Lorre gives a great performance and is the main attraction. It gets a little slow in parts, but overall achieves what it sets out to do.
Brilliant in so many ways, this remains prescient today as a portrayal of mass hysteria and natural against social justice. Could do with settling on certain characters slightly earlier to provide an easier focus for the viewer, but amazing given it was made in 1931.
A brilliantly entertaining murder mystery with interesting moral implications and social commentary. The impotence of the government in their attempts to bring the murderer to justice forces another dimension of the city - the criminals, beggars and crooks - to work as one, in order that they may again render it an easy playing field for their own sordid affairs.
Not my favorite Fritz Lang movie, but still expertly done. The way it's shot, the use of sound, and everything contribute greatly to the story's delivery. Peter Lorre steals the show in the end, though the ending does come very abruptly. I watched it on Netflix, and I thought there was some error with the video, that they'd accidentally cut off a few minutes of footage.
i expected more, peter lorre as a serial killer with lang behind the camera sounded like pure gold. The ending was the only part that didn't bore me, but by that point i had zoned out so much of the plot that i didn't even know what was going on.
Straddling the line between silent and sound, expressionism and realism, a fascinating and exciting watch. The poetic use of montage, the eerily sparse sound design, the thoughtful photography and complex morality add up to a film that's often remarkably gripping. It's not perfect... the third act comes to grinding halt for about 15-20 minutes, and there are other sporadic pacing issues as well. But there are so many striking images and memorable moments that it can be forgiven.
I had a hard time ranking this one. It is slow and clunky, and my mind did wander on a few occasions... but there are several moments of brilliance and the final 30 minutes are absolutely breathtaking. Peter Lorre is truly phenomenal in this film; creepy and repulsive, but so pitiful and pathetic that you can't help but feel sympathy for him. The scene where he sees a little girl in the mirror and has to order a double cognac to calm himself down is incredible. Definitely worth the watch.