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This text reconnects M to its significance as an event in 1931 Germany, recapturing the film's extraordinary social and symbolic energy. Interweaving close reading with cultural history, Anton Kaes reconstitutes M as a modernist artwork. He also analyzes Joseph Losey's 1951 film noir remake.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 26th 2000 by British Film Institute
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Anton Kaes's little book on M is a really fantastic book. A lot has been written about M and I haven't read much of it, so I don't know how this book compares to others. But it's a really accessible and easy approach to the film that picks the scenes apart really well. Kaes is looking at the film as a reflection of the time, addressing Fascism and the idea of total mobilization, among other things. Super interesting analysis of one of Fritz Lang's finest films.
Patrick McCoy
I was aware of the reputation of Fritz Lang's M, when I saw Jean-Luc Goddard's Contempt, in which Lang had a role. This inspired me to finally see the film and I found it to be a powerful, classic film. Anton Kaes, a Chancellor's Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of California Berkeley, looks at the film in the context of its cultural history and analyzes the books social and symbolic energy. The book is divided into six sections. The first is "Berlin, 1931" gives the cultur ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Emefa rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A brilliant book for a brilliant movie. M is amazing!
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