This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life in Hollywood from 1934 to 1936. Lang needed to adjust to the Hollywood studio system by embracing a new religion of teamwork, diplomacy, and that was antithetical to his personality. At the same time, at the age forty-five, he faced the struggle of mastering English and adjusting to a foreign culture. Lang was also having problems mingling with the burgeoning European refugee community in Hollywood. His reputation as the visionary of Germany’s silent screen—of dubious value in the studio corridors of Hollywood—was almost a liability in the gathering places of such refugees. For every person who admired the director, there was another who knew nothing; or, worse, one who had written a screed against his work back in Germany and thought only worse of Lang upon hindsight and reflection.
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