The Film ' M ' By Fritz Lang

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We Are the Criminal There are instances in life in which we must accept things that are beyond our control and understanding. In the film M by Fritz Lang we are thrust into a situation of that exact caliber. The story tells of a man named Hans Beckert, who appears to be an average man by day. We first meet the character as a shadow and all that we hear is a whistle as he approaches a child which was left alone. Once the news is out about the missing child the town erupts in chaos, everybody seems to have their own theory about who this criminal is. Even the gangsters of the city have to participate in the manhunt in order to restore their “normal” criminal activity, they even stage a court room in which they plan on prosecuting Mr.…show more content…
The interesting thing in this film is that it doesn’t seem to bother the other citizens that these gangsters are out doing whatever they please. The number of different crimes committed in the manhunt was much larger than Mr. Beckert had committed himself. They first forced themselves into the premise of the storage facility Mr. Beckert was hiding in. They then beat and bound the guards and destroyed a huge amount of property in the process. Foucault gives a fairly good explanation stating that these terrible crimes are “crimes against nature” (pg. 5). These crimes are so heinous that something within ourselves knows that the crime is wrong. These crimes carry with them an aura of disgust, instead of a feeling of sorrow. He goes on to say that the “individual in whom insanity and criminality met in such a way as to cause specialists to raise the question of their relationship, was not the man of the little everyday disorder, the pale silhouette moving about on the edges of law and morality, but rather the great monster” (pg. 5). What he means by this is that the criminals he describes as “dangerous individuals” are not the same as the everyday criminals, these are somehow much worse. There are certain characteristics that Foucault attributes to his idea of the dangerous individual. He starts by stating Garofalo’s principal in which he
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