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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.240) Chapter 12 1936–1938
Fritz Lang

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1936 to 1938. These include the making of the film You Only Live Once, which was released in late January 1937 to positive reviews; his receipt of a two-year contract at Paramount to direct three films; and the making of You and Me, which turned out to be an out-and-out stinker when its shown in theaters in June 1938. Lang also participated in antifascist and allied causes, which kept him busier during the late 1930s than ever again. But all indications are that these merely filled the time. It had been almost a year and a half since Lang had directed a film, and by December of 1939 the out-of-work director was profoundly and uncustomarily demoralized.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, directors, You Only Live Once, You and Me

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