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M

Fritz Lang

 
M (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Germany
  • 1931
  • 110 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • German
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  • Spine #30

A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the Murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.

Cast

Hans BeckertPeter Lorre
Frau BeckmannEllen Widmann
Elsie BeckmannInge Landgut
Superintendent LohmannOtto Wernicke
Superintendent GroeberTheodor Loos
SafebreakerGustaf Gründgens
BurglarFriedrich Gnaß
CardsharpFritz Odemar
PickpocketPaul Kemp
Confidence tricksterTheo Lingen
Counsel for the defenseRudolf Blümner
Blind street vendorGeorg John

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by German film scholars Anton Kaes, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on M, and Eric Rentschler, author of The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife
  • The long-lost English-language version of M, from a nitrate print preserved by the British Film Institute (Blu-ray only)
  • Conversation with Fritz Lang, a 50-minute film by William Friedkin
  • Claude Chabrol’s M le maudit, a short film inspired by M, plus a video interview with Chabrol about Lang’s filmmaking techniques
  • Video interview with Harold Nebenzal, son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal
  • Classroom audiotapes of editor Paul Falkenberg discussing the film and its history, set to clips from the film
  • Documentary on the physical history of M, from production to distribution to digital restoration
  • Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and production sketches
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann, the script for a missing scene, three contemporaneous newspaper articles, and a 1963 interview with Lang

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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My Film M: A Factual Report

By Fritz Lang May 25, 2012

The following article by the filmmaker himselforiginally appeared in the German newspaper Die Filmwoche on May 20, 1931. Read more »

Film Essays

Current_8_148_thumbnail

My Film M: A Factual Report

By Fritz Lang May 25, 2012

The following article by the filmmaker himselforiginally appeared in the German newspaper Die Filmwoche on May 20, 1931. Read more »


Announcements


Photo Galleries

12 Title Designs We Love

February 28, 2012


Photo Galleries


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Behind the Scenes

Making M

December 18, 2008


The Mark of M

By Stanley Kauffmann December 06, 2004

It’s hard to believe that M was made in 1931. If we allow for the fact that it’s in black and white, it is more engaging to the eye, more incisive in its irony, more firm in its grasp of social . . . Read more »