M (1931)
1931, Janus Films, 99 min, Germany, Dir: Fritz Lang

Peter Lorre is unforgettable as serial killer Hans Beckert, preying on children and whistling “In the Hall of the Mountain King” as he works. When the ensuing police crackdown proves bad for criminal business, all of Berlin’s underworld joins the manhunt for Beckert. This classic crime thriller was Fritz Lang’s first sound film, as well as the director’s personal favorite.


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