Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Join us for the premiere of our monthly ODD Film Series.
Doors Open at 7:30
Film Starts at 8:00
About the film – M – 1931
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
Writers: Thea von Harbou (script), Fritz Lang (script)
Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut
German with English Subtitles
No admission. Popcorn, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Auditorium seating in the Second Floor Grand Ballroom. Feel free to bring cushions or blankets to pad our folding metal chairs.
SORRY WE ARE NOT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE YET. Donations toward our Elevator Fund are gratefully accepted.
Made in 1931, at the dawn of the sound era, “M” is a true spine-chiller. Beside it, almost all other movies about serial killers seem like child’s play. To explain the film’s central position, we need only note that Lang was the moviemaker from whom Alfred Hitchcock learned suspense and Luis Bunuel learned how to shock.
“M” was Lang’s first sound picture, and he was wise to use dialogue so sparingly. Many early talkies felt they had to talk all the time, but Lang allows his camera to prowl through the streets and dives, providing a rat’s-eye view. One of the film’s most spectacular shots is utterly silent, as the captured killer is dragged into a basement to be confronted by the city’s assembled criminals, and the camera shows their faces: hard, cold, closed, implacable.