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Samm Deighan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325772

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325772.001.0001

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A Murderer Among Us

A Murderer Among Us

(p.15) Chapter One: A Murderer Among Us

Samm Deighan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter establishes the context for the climate in which Fritz Lang's M was produced, including its historical context within early 1930s Germany during the rise of Nazism. It explores M's connection to Lang's early work, during a period when he radically experimented with genres of romance, science fiction, fantasy and crime thrillers. It also discusses how M marks a turning point in Lang's career, when he began to fixate overwhelmingly on characters in the grip of social paranoia. The chapter talks about how Lang exclusively made crime films and thrillers with similar themes after M. It examines M's relationship to the German expressionist cinema of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly films that fit within the horror genre.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, M, historical context, Nazism, social paranoia, German expressionist cinema, horror genre

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