Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder
Feature Film, DE 1931, Schwarzweiß, 112 min.
Diagonale 2014

Director: Fritz Lang
Script: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, nach einer Reportage von Egon Jakobson
Cast: Peter Lorre, Gustaf Gründgens, Otto Wernicke, Paul Kemp, Theo Lingen, Otto Waldis, Rosa Valetti, Leonard Steckel
Camera: Fritz Arno Wagner
Editor: Paul Falkenberg
Producers: Seymour Nebenzahl
Production: Nero-Film

 

As a child murderer stalks Berlin, spreading fear and panic, the police search feverishly for the perpetrator disrupting the organized criminal underworld. As a consequence, the criminal gangs decide to join in the hunt and find the killer themselves. Peter Lorre’s portrayal of the murderer in M brought him worldwide fame. One legendary scene is the closing speech delivered before a court of the criminal underworld, a monologue poised between desperation and madness.

Introduction: Michael Omasta