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M / Eine Stadt Sucht Einen Morder / Morder Unter Uns


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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
 
Average Rating
9.53 /10
 
Starring
Peter Lorre , Otto Wernicke, Gustaf Grundgens
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Directed by: Fritz Lang
Written by: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Paul Falkenberg, Adolf Jansen, Karl Vash from Egon Jacobson's article

 
 
 
Released: 1931
   
Genre: DRAMA
IMPORTANT
FOREIGN
CRIME
THRILLER
   
Origin: Germany
   
Length: 118
 
 


 
The underworld of a German city comes together to catch a child-murderer (Peter Lorre, pictured).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Seminal chase movie, often imitated but never surpassed for fear and excitement. Much of this is down to the subtle gradations of Peter Lorre's performance; but Fritz Lang proves himself a virtuoso behind the camera in his first sound movie. Sound is, in fact, used very cleverly throughout - especially in the murder sequences, where almost everything is left to the viewer's imagination. Based on the real-life story of a manhunt for a child-murderer in Dusseldorf. Joseph Losey directed an inferior, but not awful, remake in 1951. In later years, Alfred Hitchcock acknowledged his debt to this film, which influenced him in so many of his chase sequences. Woody Allen paid homage to M in his flop, Shadows and Fog.


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