M (Joseph Losey version)
Sunday, July 12
(1951, Joseph Losey) Stentorianly underscored remake of Lang’s classic, with the cops and the underworld in a race to catch a helplessly psychopathic child murderer amid vintage L.A. locations, and killer David Wayne’s “illness and perversion disturbingly explicit” (Robert Porfirio). Approx. 88 min. 35mm print courtesy the Library of Congress.
“The Brechtian irony of criminals delivering punishment is a Berlin import, the Freudian psychology an American.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker