Before Fritz Lang even started making his 1931 film M and before the Nazis where even in power, the fascists tried to have the film banned. It seems the working title and Lang's promise that the film was about a child killer had some party members -- including the head of the studio at which Lang was to film -- worried it might be a film critical of them. Lang was insistent that there was no allegory at all, but that he really just thought child killers were a problem and people should watch their kids better. Anyway, a short open letter to Nazis:
I know in retrospect this is not the worst thing you did, but it's an early indication of some problems that you may have wanted to iron out. Yes, Hitler was a really charismatic guy, but if upon hearing that a film is called "Murderer Among Us" you automatically think "Oh, that's a movie about our movement, we need to stop it", well, that should be a pretty big red flag. If your instinctual reaction is to believe that the general public thinks you are analogous to child murderers, stopping a film isn't the course you should be on. Maybe, I don't know, stop doing stuff that leads the general public to believe you are evil.
With no regards whatsoever,
The Adam Glass
While I hope it goes without saying that I disagree with Nazis, I will point out that I've loved M since I first saw it many years ago, and I was really happy to have the opportunity to share it with Pat for this week's Lost in Criterion episode, as he'd never seen it.