#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – There have been a rash of child abductions and murders in Berlin. The murderer lures the children into his confidence by candy and other such child friendly items. Everyone is on edge because the murderer has not been caught. The most substantial pieces of evidence the police have are hand written letters by the murderer which he sent to the newspaper for publication. Unknown even to himself, a blind beggar, who sold the murderer a balloon for one of the child victims, may have key information as to the murderer’s identity. The murder squad’s work is made even more difficult with the large number of tips they receive from the paranoid public, who are quick to accuse anyone of suspicious activity solely for their own piece of mind that someone – anyone – is apprehended for the heinous crimes. Conversely, many want to take the case into their own hands, including the town’s leading criminals since the increased police presence has placed a strain on their ability to conduct criminal activity. Although they both have the same end goal of capturing the murderer, the police and the criminals seem to be working at cross purposes, which may provide an edge to the murderer in getting away.
Plot: In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of a massive Berlin police manhunt. Beckert’s heinous crimes are so repellant and disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy underworld network. With both cops and criminals in pursuit, the murderer soon realizes that people are on his trail, sending him into a tense, panicked attempt to escape justice.
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Ahead of its time
This is a very interesting film on so many levels. It’s interesting to see just how far ahead German cinema was of its American counterpart at this point in time. Although there is not that much talking in this early German talking picture – Fritz Lang resisted going to sound in the first place – what conversation that does take place is well done and natural sounding. Compare it with any American film from 1931 and you can’t help but see the difference.
The murderer, artfully played by Peter Lorre, has been killing children that have no link to him personally for months. The police, despite all of their efforts, are unable to catch him, mainly because there is no rhyme or reason in his choice of victims. At first there is a focus on the victims and the hole left in their families by their killing. Then, the film shifts to two normally opposed groups – the police and the underworld. After several months of no results by the authorities, the police are unhappy because it reflects badly upon them, and the underworld is unhappy because their activities are being disrupted because of the police doing constant raids in their efforts to capture the killer.
In a particularly well-done part of the film the scene shifts back and forth between a conference of police and one of the underworld. They discuss how they are going to catch the killer. The police settle upon the idea of looking for people with a history of past mental problems that were pronounced cured and released. The underworld decides to enlist an invisible group – the beggars – to follow every child at all times and therefore catch the killer. Both groups focus on the right suspect, the question is – who gets there first? M is a fascinating film that raises many topics – the death penalty, a group of criminals that are criminals by choice causing less stress on society than a lone criminal that acts out of an uncontrollable compulsion, and the motivations of the authorities often being their own bureaucratic survival rather than the larger issue of ending a series of horrible acts against humanity.
Slowly paced social drama and early film noir from Lang…
What hurts “M” most of all is the pace. It’s almost as though the new transition from silent to sound film had not yet given filmmakers enough time to polish their work. Fritz Lang directs some scenes in “M” with the full force of the sound technique–namely, the scenes where the criminals and police are both telling us why they want to capture the serial killer of little girls. Then, there’s an abrupt switch to silent technique as we follow the man on his rounds (PETER LORRE) and watch as he finds a hideout that drags much of the last part of the film out beyond necessity.
A taut filming of this story, with the same clever use of shadows and atmospheric effects, and perhaps some menacing background music on the soundtrack, would have made “M” a much more efficient thriller.
A smoother technique of telling both a heist tale, the hunt for a serial killer and an ending loaded with social commentary on the workings of a sick mind, require much more than Fritz Lang was able to deliver within the confines of a film that is part silent and part talkie in technique.
PETER LORRE plays the killer with his usual wide-eyed look of terror (the deer in the headlights look that he perfected over and over again in other films), but there are times when a little restraint in his performance might have helped. The melodramatic ending where he faces a jury of his peers would have been more effective if the final scene was not cut so abruptly for “The End” title. Having robed judges entering a courtroom without rendering a verdict is hardly a satisfying conclusion to this sort of crime and punishment tale. The abruptness makes me think something was cut from the version I saw.
The print shown on TCM was in fine form and the cinematography was exceptional considering when the film was made.
Original Language de
Runtime 1 hr 57 min (117 min), 1 hr 58 min (118 min) (France), 1 hr 39 min (99 min) (USA), 1 hr 50 min (110 min) (2004 Criterion DVD edition), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (2000 restored) (Germany), 1 hr 48 min (108 min) (re-release) (Germany)
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director Fritz Lang
Writer Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang, Egon Jacobsohn
Actors Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut
Awards 2 wins
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.20 : 1
Film Length 3,208 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 1218)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm