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M

A few years back, Tina Fey delivered one of the all-time great zingers when she reported on Saturday Night Live that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez might star in a remake of Casablanca and predicted the new release would be "the perfect film for people who liked the original but wished it was terrible." The joke leaps to mind every time I hear that some Hollywood studio is foolishly remaking a beloved film, and it came back to me when I learned that Northwest Chicago Film Society would present the 1951 remake of Fritz Lang's classic crime thriller M (1931). I'd known about the remake for years but never been eager to see it. How could it be anything but a disappointment? The Lang film is a masterpiece of German expressionism and a brilliant, complex social statement. Peter Lorre gives one of the great screen performances as the deranged child murderer being hunted by both the police and the criminal underground. I love M, and I've never wished it were terrible. Continue reading >>

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