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Fritz LangThe Nature of the Beast$
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Patrick McGilligan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676552

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.001.0001

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(p.1) Prologue 1976
Fritz Lang

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Fritz Lang’s final years. Directing his last motion picture in 1960, for the next sixteen years Lang lived like a ghost in his Summit Ridge house, on a hill high above Hollywood. Lang liked to sit in the living room of his home in his favorite chair, an inch or two away from the television set, holding up to the screen an enlarging magnifying glass due to his failing eyesight. Retirement also rewarded him with ample time to reflect on the roller-coaster ups and downs of his life and career, to ponder his errors, to repent for his sins. Musing on his mistakes, Lang, a lapsed Catholic, could not exclude the possibility that there might be a heaven and a God after all.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, film directors, filmmakers, retirement

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