Detroit Film Theatre

DFT 101: M

Saturday, January 26, 2013

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Germany/1931—directed by Fritz Lang)

A haunting musical phrase whistled off-screen tells us that a young girl is about to be attacked by serial killer Hans Beckert (a history-making performance by the 27-year-old Peter Lorre). In his harrowing masterwork – his first sound film – Fritz Lang merges pointed social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller. The film’s extraordinary visual design – photographed largely on the huge interior sets of UFA’s Berlin studios – progressively reinforces the interior claustrophobia of the protagonist, while envisioning a vast criminal underworld determined to capture the renegade murderer so that police will once again look the other way at their more “genteel,” day-to-day criminal activities. This subversive, cautionary thriller remains one of Lang’s greatest achievements.  In German with English subtitles. (110 min.)

“Visual excitement, pace, brilliance of surface, and feeling for detail, interpreted by Peter Lorre with a spark of genius.”Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Saturday, January 26 at 4:00 PM
Admission to this show is free for DIA members.
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.