At its simplest, M is about a child murderer terrorizing a German town in the 1930s and the town's frantic attempts to catch him. It's a great story, but my favorite thing about M is seeing filmmaking techniques we still use now in their infancy when filmmakers were still figuring out how to best exploit the medium.
One of my favorite sequences, is at the beginning of the movie when we see a young girl, Elsie Beckmann, bouncing her ball…
This is an incredible movie. I've never seen a documentary in this style and really appreciated how different it felt to have the filmmaker just observe and do absolutely nothing to interact with the subjects. That lens into someone else's world is what I think is so powerful about film and These Birds Walk uses it to its full advantage. I also really liked how rather than just framing the subject like we'd expect, they'd sometimes choose to tightly focus…