Summer Classics: M

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1931 / 1h 39m / Not Rated / Mystery

M would be a classic if it was just the first sound film Fritz Lang — by this time already a hugely influential director — had made (which it was). It would be a classic if it was just Lang’s favorite of his own films (which it was). It would be a classic if it was just an early example of proto-film-noir, and if it just made a main character of a child murderer who is somehow still sympathetic (it is, and it does). Even without all of that, M would be a classic just for how it still lives on the screen. Every frame is composed like a painting, and the story it tells of blame and judgment and our own responsibility for the dark at the heart of human life is as relevant now as it was in 1931.

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of M immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Media support is provided by WEDU-PBS.
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