“M” Insight

“M”, a remarkable film directed by Fritz Lang, truly captures the essence of suspense. Every aspect of the film from the lighting to the camera work undoubtedly illustrates astonishing craftsmanship, especially for such an early film as “M” was. “M” flourishes on so many cinematic levels. It not only chills the spine, it tests the mind as well.

The cast is led by a sensational Peter Lorre, as Hans Beckert, a mad child murderer. He lures young girls to him by offering them the two most “important” things to a child, candy and kindness. Peter Lorre’s character is developed superbly. Although, Lorre’s character is never seen murdering a child or doing any sort of activity that would be viewed as beyond the boundaries of society, he still is recognized by the viewing public as an immensely disturbed killer. How is this so? A characters development can only be produced by the actions he/ or her take part in….or don’t take part in. Lorre’s character is predominantly fueled by the viewers imagination. We don’t need to witness a gruesome child murder in order to inform ourselves on whats transpiring in the plot. The subtleties of a film compel creativity and imagination. Subtleties such as,  a balloon getting tangled in a wire, or the whistling of a man, are all we really need to hear or see. Director Fritz Lang does a great job of doing so.

“M” was quite a film, a masterpiece in fact. From start to finish I felt a certain tense feeling. The dark aura of the storyline and art direction made “M” the thrilling classic that it is.  The last 25 minutes or so really did take a toll on me. The constant struggle to find the culprit, and then the “murder trial” of the alleged killer was sensational. Tense moments like the final few scenes of “M” really can define a film, and make it unforgettable. When a movie has the ability to really stress your intelligence and your body as well, you gotta love it.

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  1.   khan on October 21st, 2010

    I agree with you in that this movie was a masterpiece. You are absolutely right in saying that Lorre’s character is fueled by our imagination. We know through symbolic images that this is the case. i.e. when we see the balloon being tangled in the wire as you said. I believe that the director has dual purposes in mind when he decided not to show the killer in action. One reason as you have said perfectly is because it as improper to expose the audience to a scene of that sort because it would have been completely improper. The other reason why I think this might be so is because the director wanted us to see the character as he truly was, a disturbed individual. He wanted to convey that it was Beckert’s dark side that did that gruesome and cruel act. I think this because in the end we see Beckert saying that it was un evil urge inside of him that forced him to kill the child, therefore Beckert could not help his psychotic actions. Anyways, nice post your really did a good job!

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