🎦 M full movie HD download (Fritz Lang) - Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir. 🎬
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir
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Fritz Lang
Peter Lorre as Hans Beckert
Ellen Widmann as Frau Beckmann
Inge Landgut as Elsie Beckmann
Otto Wernicke as Inspector Karl Lohmann
Theodor Loos as Inspector Groeber
Gustaf Gründgens as Schränker
Friedrich Gnaß as Franz, the burglar
Fritz Odemar as The cheater
Paul Kemp as Pickpocket with six watches
Theo Lingen as Bauernfänger
Rudolf Blümner as Beckert's defender
Georg John as Blind panhandler
Franz Stein as Minister
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur as Police chief
Storyline: In Germany, Hans Beckert is an unknown killer of girls. He whistles Edvard Grieg's 'In The Hall of the Mountain King', from the 'Peer Gynt' Suite I Op. 46 while attracting the little girls for death. The police force pressed by the Minister give its best effort trying unsuccessfully to arrest the serial killer. The organized crime has great losses due to the intense search and siege of the police and decides to chase the murderer, with the support of the beggars association. They catch Hans and briefly judge him.
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M for Masterpiece
Someone is murdering children in a German town. The police are doing all they can to solve the case but, after several months, several murders and exhausting work, still have no clues. Their methods of trying to find the murderer start to adversely affect the local criminal community. Due to this, the local organised crime syndicate takes it upon themselves to find the murderer and mete out punishment...

Powerful, provocative, thought-provoking masterpiece from famed director Fritz Lang. For the most part this is a clever, gritty, tense, film noir-like (as it predates film noir, strictly speaking) crime/mystery drama. Shows how the police go about their work and how often nothing positive happens for months, and then the smallest thing breaks the case wide open. The criminals' methods in finding the murderer are also very interesting, and realistic.

Lang maintains the suspense and mystery well, only revealing the murderer in the last few scenes and even then you're not sure they have the right guy.

The last few scenes add a level of profundity and debate to the proceedings. We are forced to think about justice, especially vigilante justice, and the concept of of an eye for an eye. This can be quite jarring, as you may feel that Lang is steering you down one way of thinking and even wants you to feel sympathy for the murderer. However, ultimately, while justice was served, he does leave the verdict open to a degree, leaving you to fill in your own outcome. Moreover, the ultimate feeling was a balanced, objective discussion was had.

Superb performance by Peter Lorre as the murderer. He only has a few scenes but is fantastic in them. Good work too by Otto Wernicke as the police inspector.
Shines all the brighter for its age
A serial killer plagues a town in Germany. Numerous children have gone missing, being befriended by a stranger and then killed in a manner most horrifying. The police are struggling to find clues under the ever-growing pressure from the public for results. They start mounting an offense against the town's criminal underworld. So much so that those criminals decide to find the killer themselves to ease the situation.

Fritz Lang's first sound picture and quite an impressive one at that. Lang experimented heavily with these new sound techniques. Most of them are so commonplace in modern cinema that you don't really notice them, but at the time they must have seemed very impressive indeed. One of the most notable traits - even today - is one of the earliest examples of the so called leitmotif technique, where a particular piece of music is attached to a particular character. Whenever you hear the Imperial March playing in Star Wars, for example, you know Darth Vader won't be far away. In this particular film the murderer likes to whistle "In the Hall of the Mountain King", and it is chilling indeed to see a child playing on the screen and then hear the whistling start off-screen.

The other major point in this film's favour is Peter Lorre as the murderer. Especially the final scene where he pleads about the demons in his head, about the dilemma of must versus want. A powerful scene and one I've often seen in film studies, which is why it's nice to have finally seen this film in its entirety.

M is an old film, all the way back from early 30s, but it's still head and shoulders above the vast majority of films made after its first screening. Well worth a watch for all fans of crime and mystery.
This film is almost 90 years old
There is really nothing that can be said about this groundbreaking film that has not already been said, so just a few impressions on watching this after a gap of several years. This film is almost 90 years old and as the Blu-ray release has reinstated, if that is the word, the silent sequences it is well worth a re-watch. Made at the beginning of sound, this was not made with sound throughout, mainly for financial reasons. These silent passages are difficult for present day audiences but strangely effecting too, especially with such startling images. Overhead shots of streets and people scurrying. Peter Lorre lurking, eyes almost bursting. It is an amazing creation that impresses now, goodness knows what affect it had upon audiences of the time. Even without the nazi connotations, this is scary and worrying stuff. Beggars as detectives, criminals as jurors, it is mind boggling. And for a finale as the 'proper' police bumble about we go underground in the most amazing cave like structure packed with those who will decide the child killers fate, looking far too much like the very people that would drag Germany into oblivion.
German Expressionism at its cinematic best
Being a huge fan of German Expressionist art, I'm naturally drawn to the films of Fritz Lang. I recently was able to see the restored version of "Metropolis" on the big screen, and was delighted to see "M" on the Sundance channel - especially since it was the uncut version. M follows the trail of a child killer (Peter Lorre), sought both by the police and the members of the underworld whose businesses are being effected by the investigation.

This film is ground-breaking for many reasons: It is Fritz Lang's first talking picture, it is one of the first in the serial killer genre and it was overtly anti-Nazi. This film was banned in Germany shortly after it premiered, and Fritz Lang and Peter Lorre, both Jews, soon fled the country. It has superb acting (most notably, Peter Lorre's trial scene in the catacombs) and very stark yet at times gritty cinematography. The story is indeed suspenseful and at times, very creepy (what whistling child killer isn't?). The entire movie, however is extremely thought-provoking and challenging, much like the German Expressionist movement itself.

This is not a movie for everyone; some may find it boring, some may find it too abstract. It also has one of the most bizarre shots I've ever seen in film - essentially it's a 30 second shot of the police inspector talking on the phone, but you're under his desk and looking up his pants leg. It actually kind of baffled me and made me chuckle for a second, but it was avant garde if anything.

To those who appreciate early cinema that truly makes you think, both about the film and the subtext with which it was written and filmed, it is a must-see.

M For Masterpiece
One of the greatest movies ever made.

Based on the murders committed in the late 1920's by Peter Kurten in the area around Dusseldorf (Kurten was guillotined in 1931, the year that 'M' was made and released)

The black and white cinematography is wonderful to see - modern colour photography is lost when trying to evoke gas lit or fog laden streets and the sense of atmosphere that pervades this film is remarkable.

The murder of children is a topic difficult to portray on screen - usually (for reasons of taste) we are merely shown the grief of the bereaved parents and the steely determination of detectives to catch the killer. Nothing in 'M' fits this stereotype.

Peter Lorre is superb as the killer who sits in greasy cafes whilst whistling Grieg's 'In The Hall of the Mountain King'from the 'Peer Gynt' Suite in an effort to drive the evil compulsions that he is unable to resist from his mind. As the music grows faster and more insistent, he succumbs, unwillingly to his terrible urges. He is seen picking up a small girl and buying her a balloon; the pair descend a flight of stairs into a murky alley and seconds later the balloon drifts up the stairway - a throat clutching image that speaks more to the fears of the viewer than the goriest of special effects.

We have a stout and jolly policeman (who greatly resembles Ernst Gennert, the detective who investigated the Kurten case) in hot pursuit of the killer.

Also in pursuit are the criminal fraternity - who are annoyed at the intense police activity generated by the killings, which is stifling their predations. Indeed, it is eventually the criminals who catch the killer and subject him to a trial in their lair. Lorre argues that they cannot understand the compulsions that drive his actions and is mocked by his captors.

Suspenseful, artistic and intellectually satisfying, 'M' is a great cinema classic which I unhesitatingly award a munificent 10 out of 10
Serial Child Murderer Whistles While He Works
This is One of those Great Movies that has been Contemplated, Written About, Studied, Dissected, Discussed and Never Dismissed. it is So Good that even those Averse to Foreign Language Films with Subtitles, Early Sound Era, and Black and White, can't Help but be Impressed if the Movie is Given a Chance.

The Film is so Ripe with Cinematic Excellence, Timeless Themes, and Controversy that it was and has Remained a Movie that Made its Indelible Mark and shows Absolutely No Signs of becoming Irrelevant or Dated even Decades after its Release.

There are In Depth Studies to be Found Elsewhere and Research on this One is Recommended for the Casual Movie Fan and is Required for the Film Enthusiast. It is Rightly Considered one of Director Fritz Lang's Best Movies in a Career that is Filled with Contenders. His Roots in German Expressionism along with His Technical Prowess Helped Him Make some of the Most Influential Films of All Time.

It was the Debut Starring Role for Peter Lorre and Spawned a Fifty Year Career of Character Acting at its Best. This Film is Unsettling and Provocative and is an Example of Film as High-Art and Cultural Significance. It was also made in Germany at the Beginning of Nazi Power and there are Parallels to be Found.

Highly Influential Movie that Anticipated Police Procedural Exposes, Psychological Horror, Film-Noir, Socially Relevant Message Movies, and Overall in the World of World Cinema this is One of the Great Ones.

Note...Many have made the obvious explanation that M stands for…Murderer...but it could also stand for…Monster…Maniac...or more profoundly…Man...and the Horrors that He commits. Was Lang warning of what to expect from the…Man...wearing the Swastika.
I can't help myself
M is such a revered film yet also little seen. Only in recent years has a restored version has been available. This was Fritz Lang's first talkie but he still uses expressionist techniques.

M is a crime drama, a city terrorised as children are getting killed. The cops are shaking everyone down including the criminal underworld and they have had enough and also hunt down the child killer.

Peter Lorre is the plump pathological child killer whistling a tune from 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' which will eventually give him away. He befriends little girls with the promise of cakes, sweets and balloons before he kills them.

Lorre only appears here sparingly. His first appearance is as a shadow as he lures a small child. He spends a lot of the time being hunted down and then once caught by the mob has to plead for his life as he is a victim of a diseased mind that compels him to kill.

Lang paints the inhabitants as grotesques, both the criminals and the police (maybe reflecting the rise of Nazism in Germany.) There is a lot of talking both by the police and the criminals as to who this killer is and how to catch him. One of the criminals actually does a rather good profile on him.

The film is uneven, too long. The hunt for the murderer starts well before the hour is up and really drags as it is mixed up with a heist. Once caught the murderer stands trial at a kangaroo court, he is even given a lawyer where he makes his plea for understanding of his uncontrollable urges.

Lorre became a star with his bug eyed, sweaty, deranged face of the killer. He screams 'I can't help myself' a phrase that has been cynically used by 1980s vigilante action directors so the hero can shoot the bad guy dead, point blank.
Any film noir should kneel before this film
Years before David Fincher was even born and about a decade before the genre of ''film noir'' was officially ''invented'' Fritz Lang made a movie about the manhunt of a child killer. A film that was approached with criticism then and it's discussed even today from people for it's harsh theme.What makes this movie amazing is first of all Lang's amazing directing and especially his sound design. Being his first sound film Lang handles sound so good so he puts you instantly into the feeling of this movie. With a lot of influence from the silent era which he uses it to built thrill and atmosphere he uses music in the form of whistle but also excessive sounds in a time where sound in film was not yet fully accepted by the people. And he wins his bet. Almost 90 years later this movie doesn't feel old at all. Maybe it's the directing, maybe the theme which is dealing with (murder and it's punishment) or maybe even because of the amazing acting from it's actors especially by Peter Lorre a by then well known comical actor. ''M'' is not the cleverest movie ever made. In fact is a little bit goofy in some parts (for example when the killer is marked with the letter ''M'' and he is pursued by the beggars he doesn't get rid off the marked coat. And the fact that he was acknowledged by a blind man near the end of the film is almost funny). But it's an amazing movie if you consider the way and the time that it was created and also the message that it wants to pass. Is it really a movie that glorifies murder or a film that wants to say that even the most hideous ''animals'' can have a second chance in the name of the law. Whatever anyone understands from this doesn't change the fact that Fritz Lang's first speaking film is a masterpiece of film making way better than most of the noir film that followed after it.
A masterpiece of visual drama; brilliantly acted by Peter Lorre. **** out of ****.
M / (1931) ****

"M" is a cinematic masterpiece of visual drama. The stunning performances define the careers of exceptional actors such as Peter Lorre and Gustaf Grundgens. Director Fritz Lang gives depth and dimension to his production by distinctly capturing the ecstasy of the film's many characters and focusing accurately on individual situations. This is an intriguing journey into the mind of a psychotic child murderer, blending terror, complexity, and malignity in one amazing motion picture.

Screenwriters Paul Falkenburg and Adlof Jansen construct the characters of "M" with distinctive personalities and three dimensional emotions. Many lesser filmmakers give their characters no creativity outside the confines of the script. In this movie each individual character has a mind of their own; they are free to roam the landscape of a inviting atmosphere.

Fabricating such an impressive atmosphere is some of the best cinematography and lighting effects that I can remember watching. This resplendent component creates the film's terrific moody ambiance. Suspense is one thing "M" contains in full context. The movie's third act is sheer peak-high tension.

Shot in black and white, "M" stars Peter Lorre as Peter-Hans Beckert, an extremely disturbed child murderer in the process of wreaking havoc on a neighborhood. Parents everywhere are living in fear of their children being kidnapped and abruptly annihilated.

This picture contains a brilliantly crafted setup. The visual setting creates a strongly developed opening. Every scene works to either complicate the initial problem or propels the story through a firm narrative through line.

The film captures the chaos of the town in terror perfectly. "M" is more about the results of a serial killer than an actual serial killer. Never do we directly witness a murder; the violent encounters are implied. This method of film making perhaps makes the movie's impact even greater. With an creative perspective through a third person point of view, the filmmakers repeatedly give us examples of a solid structure through characters and occurrences.

"M" offers a unforgettable, challenging performance by Peter Lorre. This extraordinary actor is tormenting and disturbing without embracing in extreme violent conduct. He perspires with momentum and rapture. This productions closing scenes are so deeply penetrating they entirely captivate the viewer. Isn't this what movies are supposed to do?
"...they never leave me. They're always there..."
There's a serial killer in Berlin who targets children. The police have been unable to catch him but their increased presence has made life more difficult for the criminal underworld. So the criminals band together to try and find the child killer themselves and issue their own brand of justice. Exceptional German film from the great Fritz Lang. His best sound film and second best film overall, behind only the silent sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis. The cast is terrific. Peter Lorre is amazing in this, which put him on the map. The direction, the cinematography, the angles, the lighting, the dark atmosphere all help to create this visually arresting film. It's a classic in every sense. Don't let its age or the subtitles turn you off from trying it. You're missing out on a truly great film if you do.
📹 M full movie HD download 1931 - Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Gustaf Gründgens, Friedrich Gnaß, Fritz Odemar, Paul Kemp, Theo Lingen, Rudolf Blümner, Georg John, Franz Stein, Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur, Gerhard Bienert - Germany. 📀