Fritz Lang's M & Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled off-screen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert, played by Peter Lorre (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon), closes in on little Elsie Beckmann. In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang (Metropolis) merges trenchant 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.
In German w/Eng. subtitles.
Hitchcock considered Shadow his personal favorite among his own films. Joseph Cotton stars as Uncle Charlie, a calculating and charming killer who hides out in his relatives' small hometown. There, he befriends his favorite niece and namesake, young Charlie. But when she begins to suspect he may be the famed Merry Widow murderer, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the psychopathic killer plots the death of his young niece to protect his secret.
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