Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Prototype of Noir: Fritz Lang's M

I figured this blogathon needed a video essay, so here's something I whipped up to help a good cause. I look at how Fritz Lang's "M" is viewed as the prototype for the film noir genre.

This is my contribution to the For the Love of Film (Noir) blogathon being hosted by Ferdy on Films and the Self-Styled Siren. The blogathon has been organized for the benefit of the Film Noir Foundation, who do important work to restore and preserve the noir heritage. You can donate to the Foundation via this Paypal link.


Craig said...

An interesting film. Having just seen Metropolis again, what strikes me in both that movie and what you underlined in M is Lang's fear and contempt for mob mentality. Which, in hindsight, looks awfully prescient.

Steven Santos said...

My recent viewing of the film was about 10 years since I had last seen it. Despite knowing without a doubt that Hans is guilty of his heinous crimes, I now found him to be the most human character in the film. At least, he reaches a point where he knows he's a sick man.

Wondering if the weekly mobs formed over ridiculous manufactured outrages especially in America made me see this movie differently. Not to mention the hypocrisy exhibited by those who express outrage publicly and in such a self-serving way.

Oddly, I was reminded of the Roman Polanski case when watching the film, another time when I knew the guy was guilty, but I felt a bit more empathy towards him than those who wanted him punished.

Always fascinating how a movie changes when I watch it during different parts of my life.