M

MThis is utterly brilliant.  Directed by Fritz Lang and written in collaboration with his wife Thea von Harbou, M is a German film, made and set in Berlin in 1931 – a city living with the constant presence of danger from a serial child killer. Based on factual records we’re asked not just who will bring him to justice but also what makes a person commit such terrible crimes?

The tension is chilling from the start; ordinary people go about their everyday lives but fear is everywhere, an unknown lurking threat.  Is it him?  Or him?  We’re a step ahead as we know who the killer is, Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) – but, the characters on screen don’t.  So as we watch we can see the growing hysteria that turns rightful anger into a witch hunt as innocent people are held in suspicion.   But who is going to stop him?  Will it be the public or the police, growing increasingly frustrated or the criminal underworld, who decide they had better catch him as there are now too many police on the streets. Continue reading “M”

The General

the-general-1926-united-artists-film-with-buster-keaton-DKGEWYThis 1926 Buster Keaton film is the first on my To Be Watched list; to see if I can educate myself in film this year.

Based on The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, during the American Civil War, this is an action fuelled romantic comedy; that sees Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton), the engineer on ‘The General’, go behind enemy lines to save the women he loves, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack).

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