New digital restoration!
Fritz Lang's first sound film, and his own favorite, is also cinema's first serial killer story. A haunting tune, "The Hall of the Mountain King," is whistled by a murderer (played to perfection by Peter Lorre) as all of Berlin's cops, crooks and beggars begin a massive manhunt. Lang's innovative use of camerawork and shadow and light can easily be seen as a precursor to film noir. Despite its world-classic status, M has mostly been shown in poor-quality prints. This crisp, new version includes footage missing. With subtitles. (Fritz Lang; Germany; 1931; 113 min)