This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life in Germany from 1918 to 1921. Lang was in Berlin for the Armistice of November 11, 1918; for the collapse of the monarchy; for the dismal conclusion of the World War and the commencement of the 1920s, a decade of rampant unemployment, malnutrition, crime, black marketeering, profiteering, inflation, and political turmoil. Germany was a sea of strife, but the film world was a fantasy island. Lang would thrive there, insulated and immune from outside forces. The years 1918–1919 were among the most crammed and hectic of his long, prodigious career. In that time he managed to write seven full-length features, and was credited for the first time as fully fledged director of two films.
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