🎦 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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German vs English versions
If you get this film on BluRay it includes both the German version and an English language version. I watched the original German not realizing at first that they made an English version and that it was included on the BluRay. The subtitles were good but its difficult sometimes for someone like myself who likes to appreciate the visual artistry of a film (framing, lighting, acting etc). So when I noticed that the Blu-Ray included the English version I decided to watch it again. Big mistake! You'll notice right away that the film isn't as good. Most of the English version is just dubbed over but some scenes were actually shot in English. You'd think it would be the same basic film but it wasn't. They edited it differently. Some scenes were cut short. Other shots were left out completely, or changed. The scenes shot in English were noticeable not as good and its thought that the Fritz Lang didn't direct the English parts.

In summary, only watch this film in German.
Awesome. Way ahead of its time.
A group of children are playing an elimination game in the courtyard of an apartment building in Berlin[5] using a chant about a murderer of children. A woman sets the table for dinner, waiting for her daughter to come home from school. A wanted poster warns of a serial killer preying on children, as anxious parents wait outside a school.

Little Elsie Beckmann leaves school, bouncing a ball on her way home. She is approached by Hans Beckert, who is whistling "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg. He offers to buy her a balloon from a blind street-vendor. He walks and talks with her. Elsie's place at the dinner table remains empty, her ball is shown rolling away across a patch of grass, and her balloon is lost in the telephone lines overhead.

In the wake of Elsie's death, Beckert sends an angry letter about his crimes to the newspapers, from which the police extract clues using the new techniques of fingerprinting and handwriting analysis. Under mounting pressure from city leaders, the police work around the clock. Inspector Karl Lohmann instructs his men to intensify their search and to check the records of recently released psychiatric patients to look for those with a history of violence against children. They stage frequent raids to question known criminals, disrupting underworld business so badly that Der Schränker ("The Safecracker") calls a meeting of the city's criminal bosses. They decide to organize their own manhunt, using beggars to watch and guard the children.

The police discover two clues corresponding to the killer's letter in Beckert's rented rooms. They wait there to arrest him.
Good cinematography presentation even though technically flawed
The movie opens up subtly but directly addressing the main conflict at hand. It then speedily goes into arrival of the main conflict, also speedily explaining the background through a text and then continues on building the atmosphere of the environment setting. I like how the movie builds its story quite slowly up to one third of its duration and then quickly changes pace to medium speed long sequences starting from where the murder suspect is identified by the blind man. It then lets the viewers ride a roller coaster of a story, inciting more and more curiosity as the movie provide room for it by presenting the two sides of the story, the police side and the organized crime side. The cinematography tries very hard to looks sophisticated for its time. Using camera movements that may be complicated to execute at that time, the movie continues on despite all those major and frequent hiccups. The sound department also doesn't escape this, as all the entire voice-over acting are misplaced by a third to half a second. The twist with Franz is also quite funny for me. The acting in general is quite okay. Much over-acting here and there but I think that's quite common for movies from that age.
Good movie but great, I beg to differ
Was this the first movie about a child murderer? I guess so. This movie certainly quite some good stuff going for. It is unconventional in the sense that we do not really have a main character. Well you could call the murderer the main character but he doesn't have that awful much of screening time. OK the best about the movie is that we have the mob and the beggars who join forces to catch the murderer, hoping to succeed where the police have failed this far. The shock and hysteria it causes among the people is believable for the time. People suspect and accuse each other, are suspicious when an adult is friendly towards a child. However this also results in long dialogs and shouting at each other which did tedious at times. It's rather odd that no one ever remembered anything while the murderer operated in broad daylight on the streets and was not actually secretive whistling "King of the Mountain Hall" tune constantly. Good performance from peter Lorre. Yes the chasing scene at the bank was exciting even if a bit overdue. The court scene was interesting but I didn't like the way how the murderer tried to be empathic. A big minus point to me was that the mystery surrounding the murderer was quickly gone for me as viewer as he came into full view pretty early in the movie.
A Lesson in Film History
Watching Fritz Lang's M is watching the history of cinema unfold before one's eyes. Made in the transition period between the silent and sound film, this 1931 masterpiece remains fascinating for several reasons.

First of all, the use of sound is impeccable. Suffice to say the killer in the movie is caught is through identifying his trademark whistling. But the use of voice-over narration was also new at the time and is used here very well: first when a mother calls, in panic, for her missing child, and her name echoes across several empty walls. Next in a scene in which two detectives elaborate on what they've done to apprehend the killer and everything they say is matched by an image.

Secondly, few times has a serial killer been treated with such complexity, compassion and straightforwardness in cinema. Peter Lorre plays a child murder, a man who acts by impulse, possibly a schizophrenic. He simultaneously evokes horror and pity, and he's too distant from the super-cool and erudite serial killers of today. Lorre plays one Hans Beckert, a lonely man with a history of mental illness, an ordinary man without any qualities or amazing traits.

Thirdly, it's a powerful meditation on vigilantism and crime. The police is unable to capture the killer, so Berlin's underground decides to capture the criminal. The police raids are putting them out of business and they resent the fact that a child killer is being sought amidst their ranks. The absurdity of bank robbers and card cheaters with a sense of morals is not lost on the filmmakers. In a mock-trial at the end, these same criminals think they have the authority to sentence the child murder to death. But as he tells them, if they wanted, if they got jobs and worked honestly, they could leave their lives of crime; a man who's ordered by voices to kill can't just turn off him impulses.

But above all, M is a fascinating, exciting thriller. It's an intelligent crime story, that shows police and criminals working on different sides and with different means to achieve the same purpose. If one can laugh at the idea of a criminal union (realism should never be a criterion for judging art), one can't laugh at the policemen in this movie. Inspector Lohmann, played by Otto Wernicke, is one of most intelligent detectives ever to grace cinema. He's fat, he's cranky, he's an unlikely hero, but he's shrewd, he can read a person's personality at a glance, he's patient. Lang must have liked him too because he used the character (and actor) in his following crime epic, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, in which Lohmann shows even greater skills.

I knew (or at least highly expected) that M would be an amazing movie. But I didn't imagine a 80-year-old movie would hold up so well in terms of cinematography, sound, pacing, acting, structure. Few movies achieve such a synthesis of qualities. There is no doubt on my mind that M deserves the recognition it continues to receive from film historians.
I can't help what I do! I can't help it, I can't...
We see the beginnings of film noir in Germany's first talking picture. It also has some remnants of German Expressionism. But what is most impressive is the story itself.

Anyone that has followed cases of missing children know what the police go through, and watching this crime/psychological thriller and the search for a child serial killer is just like watching the 6 o'clock news today.

The acting is superb, and the story is compelling. It is not so much about the killer, but about the people's reactions to the fear he has filled them with. Of course, the thieves and prostitutes are too happy either with cops everywhere. It was absolutely hilarious to watch the cops planning how to step up raids while, at the same time across town, the underworld was trying to figure out how to catch the murderer and get back to business.

Both the police and the underworld get a break at the same time. But the underworld has him cornered and things are getting really tense. You cannot image what they do to try and find him. This was the most innovative story I have seen.

The "trial" was magnificent! The print was absolutely perfect and the lighting was superb. The sound was even OK for the first use.

Gustaf Gründgens was superb as the leader of the underworld, Theodor Loos equally so as the head of the police, and Peter Lorre was great as usual.
sheer genius!!!
what outstanding movie making!!! M is the most intelligent thriller about a serial killer that ive ever seen. the movie acts on so many levels, the suspense, the trauma, the questions of justice, morality, right and wrong.

the light humour through which the story is woven to provide relief from the mounting tension is simply brilliant. fritz lang is on top of his art. he knows how much tension to weave before letting a bit go. the visualisation is simply awesome, the image of the ball rolling away and the balloon on the electric pole will stay with audience for a long time. the contrast of the still shots with the rapid action shots are another highlight. and its not just the visuals either, the use of Grieg's "In the hall of the Mountain King" is unbelievably eerie.

the premise of how a hunt for a mad serial killer affects the underworlds business is brilliant.fritz lang cooks up a masterpiece here, one to be watched and enjoyed. and to imagine that all this was done 70 years back is unbelievable!!!! bound to rise up to one of my alltime favorite movies!!!

a brilliant 10!!
A powerful tale of community and insanity
"M" is an incredible masterpiece. It's cliché to say something is a head of it's time but "M" is. This films excellence did not surprise me when I first watched it knowing it came from the visionary Fritz Lang. Usually when we think of serial killer films we think of a cop and a killer fighting and the cop eventually finding the killer, but in "M" you also have other criminals and even townspeople searching for the madman. It's incredible script, cinematography and Peter Lorre's performance inspired many films of this genre but you can see that not film can match the wonderfully exiting, suspenseful and overall genius "M".
M – Masterpiece!
'M' is brilliant! This film was so way ahead of its time that it still holds up today and doesn't feel dated one bit but rather modern. The only thing that seems a bit odd by today's standards is the complete lack of incidental music and the fact that many scenes don't include sound effects and are virtually silent. You have to remember, though, that this film was made right at the transition from silent film to sound film, so the concept of sound in films was still rather new and director Fritz Lang used the technology to its full potential in 'M.'

Lang's direction is magnificent, especially if you take into consideration that this film was made in 1930. The camera angles, tracking shots and zoom shots Lang used here were groundbreaking back then and they are still marvelous today. The three main characters of the film are played by Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke and Gustaf Gründgens and all three of them are fantastic in their respective roles. Lorre's acting is intense, especially in the finale. That performance is something else!
M for "modern"
Extremely well-crafted and powerful drama that could spring from the pages of today's newspapers.

Fritz Lang poignantly captures the vulnerability of the sweets-loving child victim and the mother pathetically waiting for her daughter to return home from school.

We see cops feeling the heat from a horrified public and the bumbling incompetence within their ranks. We also see the well-organized thugs who beat the police at their own game -- not because they like kids but because the murders are costing them profits.

Speaking of poignancy, we don't feel any when the predator is finally cornered like a trapped rat. He can't help himself...he must suffer from his inexorable compulsion. Awwww...

The Peter Lorre character's judges aren't moved, either. And while the stony, moralistic justice of the cons' court comes as a refreshing surprise, one recoils with the realization that this was filmed within years of the rise of the ultimate rogue tribunal -- the Nazis, who also appointed themselves executioner.

Lorre excels here but has surprisingly little screen time. I haven't seen much of his work elsewhere but it's hard to imagine his surpassing this performance.

Truly memorable.
📹 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. 📀