Introduction by Nora Gortcheva, Visiting Lecturer in German Studies, Mount Holyoke College.
Directed by Gordian Maugg. 104 minutes. Not Rated. German with subtitles.
In partnership with The Goethe-Institut Boston, Amherst Cinema is proud to present New Films From Germany, with a special focus on the work of emerging directors.
Germany, the year 1930: With his epic NIBELUNGEN movies and the futuristic spectacle METROPOLIS, filmmaker Fritz Lang has created instant classics of silent cinema. Now he is eager to make his first sound feature film and starts looking for a suitable story.
In contrast to his silent films, he wants to tell a contemporary tale rooted in reality. He travels from Berlin to Dusseldorf, where he seeks inspiration from the work of renowned police detective Gennat.
Gennat is currently investigating the crimes of notorious serial killer Peter Kürten, also known as the "Vampire of Dusseldorf". Taking cues from the real-life case, Lang begins to construct the story that will eventually become his masterpiece M. Yet while developing the film's story, the director also has to face the dark chasms of his very own soul.