Peter Lorre in 'M' (1931)
Peter Lorre in 'M' (1931)
M (1931) Praesens

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Fritz Lang | Germany | 1931 | M

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Based on an actual case, Lang’s late expressionist masterpiece provides a remarkable insight into the mind and paranoid world of a serial child murderer (brilliantly played to the expressive hilt by Peter Lorre in his career-defining role). Featuring some of the most iconic images and sounds of post-silent cinema – its command of silence, expressive sound and art direction is extraordinary – and brilliantly shot by Fritz Arno Wagner (Nosferatu and Spione), Lang’s opus is a fascinating time-capsule portrait of a seething, dog-eat-dog, (a)moral underworld soon to be swamped by the tide of Nazism.

Format: Black and White, DCP
Language: German
Source: Praesens
Duration: 117 mins


117 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 4 May


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About the program

Fritz Lang (1890–1976) was a master of both expressionism and film noir whose career spanned almost 50 years, taking him from the vibrant and highly influential German studio system of the pre-Nazi era to many of the Hollywood majors. Often described as a film director’s director, Lang was a virtuoso of the moving image...

More than night- the fatal vision of Fritz Lang

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