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Reel Reviews – M

Reel Review #43: “He is not even a real crook.” Watch the seminal serial killer film, Fritz Lang’s 1931 M staring Peter Lorre in a role that would catapult him to international recognition. “I can’t help what I do! I can’t help it, I can’t… ”

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5 Responses to “Reel Reviews – M”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Derek Coward Aug 24th, 2005 at 7:49 am

    I remember seeing this movie a long time ago and being blown away by it. The theme about people on both sides of the law was also done recently in Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam about the search for the Son of Sam. I remember seeing that movie and wondering why the plot seemed so familiar. Peter Lorre always seemed a little “wrong” to me, but in this movie, his creep factor has been turned up to 11. Great movie.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Bob Aug 27th, 2005 at 11:11 pm

    Michael,

    I listened to your podcasts about M, and, as usual, enjoyed it very much.

    About smoking in Lang’s “M”. It is true that many people smoked, but also there was concern about the effects of smoking health. One of the few good things the Nazis did was to try to get people to stop smoking. Hitler hated smoking and would not allow anyone to smoke near him. There is a wonderful scene in Alec Guiness’ “The Last Ten Days of Hitler”, just after Hitler commits suicide in the bunker, when everyone pulls out a cigarette and starts smoking. I think this was based on historical fact.

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Tom Hailey Aug 28th, 2005 at 9:56 am

    Michael,

    I just completed your book, Podcast Solutions, and I am now listening to your podcast. Thank you for sharing so much information and I am looking forward to being “on the air” through my own podcast from Lexington, Kentucky.

    Thanks so much.

    Tom

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Ibarionex Aug 29th, 2005 at 12:12 pm

    I bumped the film up on my Netflix list as a result of your review and watched it last night. No doubt, this is a great film. I see so many elements, particularly camera movement that would be adopted by later directors. It is really amazing.

    I was particularly struck on how the story unfolds. Unlike today’s films where we always have a single protaganist to identify throughout the entire story, the protanganist becomes the entire community. Our entrance into this world is not through an individual but via the camera as if it were some benevolent being watching all the various characters and moment converge and conflict. The only other film that comes to mind that does this that I remember at least is the Battleship Potemkin another classic of its time. It serves to remind that there is more than just one way to tell a story, though I’m sure it would be in today’s age to create a film without a strong central character portrayed as “hero”. Nevertheless, it’s something interesting to think about.

    Great choice and a wonderful review. Keep up the great work.

    Ibarionex

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 jason Nov 29th, 2005 at 10:19 am

    michael – just wanted to let you know that M is now available as a free download from the internet archive. seems to be a high-quality encode given the filesize of 3.8GB, but unfortunately it’s a direct download only, no torrents.

    http://www.archive.org/details/M_

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