January 8, 2012

M On-Screen at the Alamo Drafthouse, Jan. 10, 2012

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Austin Film Society will begin their Essential Cinema series “The Great Escape: Three European Émigré Filmmakers” – highlighting the work of directors Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau and Luis Buñuel – with a showing of Fritz Lang’s first sound movie, M.

AFS Director of Programming Chale Nafus and Charles Ramirez-Berg will curate the series.

All films will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, located at 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas, in the Lamar Plaza shopping center.

M will begin at 7 pm. For more information, please call the Alamo Drafthouse at (512) 476-1320.

Special pricing for the Essential Cinema series is $8 general admission and $5 for AFS Members. Admission is free for Season Pass Holders and Premiere Members. Tickets for M may be purchased on-line through the AFS website. On-line ticketing closes at 3 p.m. on the day of the show. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. For more ticketing information, please call the AFS office at (512) 322-0145.

Parking is available in the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar’s own parking lot. Directions are located on the cinema’s website.

Released in 1931, M was also the first sound movie of Peter Lorre, who had made his debut two years earlier in the silent German film Die verschwundene Frau (The Missing Wife). The making of M is chronicled in The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin, who interviewed Fritz Lang and others who knew and worked with Lorre throughout his life and career.

The Lost One is now available in paperback, as well as the Kindle, Nook, and hard-bound.

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