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Old 09-20-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I cannot believe that it took me so long to see this film; I had always heard that it was good but, for whatever reason, never realized just what people meant when they recommended it as a good film.

This film isn't just good, it's GREAT. I think that what I loved most about it was the direction, which was just masterful. The story is so simple yet ingenious, but the way that it is shot/directed and the details that are included--the whistling, the "M", the blind beggar, the balloon floating away and the ball rolling out of the bush, the trial, the head criminal wearing the gloves--I could go on and on , but all of it is pure genius. In fact, M is my choice for "the perfect film."

Anyone else seen and appreciated this film as much as I did?
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Haven't seen it since I was a young adult. I think back then I was too callow to appreciate it.
Funny, I was just thinking I needed to see it again, and saw your post.
I'll check it out as soon as I can and get back to this thread.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Haven't seen it since I was a young adult. I think back then I was too callow to appreciate it.
Funny, I was just thinking I needed to see it again, and saw your post.
I'll check it out as soon as I can and get back to this thread.
It's available for free on YouTube:


M - YouTube

Just make sure that you click on the "CC" button for the subtitles (unless you happen to be fluent in German ).
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:32 PM
 
Location: on an island
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It's available for free on YouTube:

Just make sure that you click on the "CC" button for the subtitles (unless you happen to be fluent in German ).
hah
The only thing I'm fluent in is preschool babble.
Much thanks.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Nassau/Queens border
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My daughter (a film major in College) is absolutely obsessed with Fritz Lang. She wrote her Final Paper on 'M' last year and pointed out so many things in this film that I was not even aware of. It shed a whole new light on the brilliance of 'M' and Fritz Lang
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: The Big Orange (CA)
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it's my favourite Fritz Lang, which is saying a lot. The way he plays with lights and shadows is beautiful and Peer Gynt sounds unusually chilly.

I know he didn't self-identity as an expressionist film-maker, but it's a very expressionistic film!
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:12 PM
 
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Love it. The big speech is electrifying - although I don't know if it would have the same power at home, vs. seeing it in a big theater on a big screen as I did.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:13 PM
 
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I usually find most movies that old to be more interesting than entertaining. They often don't hold up well for modern audiences but this movie was an exception. Even though it is an 80 year old movie, it still quite accessible to modern audiences. It's a good thriller.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Another excellent Peter Lorre movie that he made after relocating to Hollywood is The Mask of Demetrios. I think TCM is showing it one evening next week so I would highly recommend checking it out.
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