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M (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931)

This astonishing movie represents an unsurpassed grand synthesis of storytelling.
— Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

The character of Hans Beckert is one of the most singular in movie history: a Greig-whistling, psychopathic child-murderer haunting the back streets of Wiemar Berlin. And yet, through his brilliant portrayal by Peter Lorre, he manages to evoke a strange sympathy. Fritz Lang’s early talkie is recognised as masterpiece and still has the power to shock 85 years after its original release.