What a pip this was! I don't think it could improved
if Fritz Lang directed. By all account, he was mightily peeved over Seymour Nebenzal
remaking the thing, but latter had ownership, so could do what he pleased. TCM
unveiled M this weekend after years gone missing. I almost didn't watch for
long-heldindifference to David Wayne and siding with Lang that revisit of his
classic was sacrilege. Joseph Losey does direction, him on eve of depart from
US for HUAC troubles. In fact, credits of M read like whole of unfriendly list
gone before Congress. It's like a Mad, Mad World of blacklistees! There are
rediscoveries and there are rediscoveries, but this one blew me away like none
before. Nebenzal-Losey follow the original closely, all of updates on target. And
forget Berlin expressionism --- this thing was
shot on long-gone Bunker Hill locations, a best by-far tour of magic byways, plus
whole of several reels take place at L.A's immortal BradburyBuilding.
Mwas restored and put back out last year, TCM's broadcast a woodcut-sharp
HD, and joy throughout. I really hope someone gets this out on Blu-Ray.