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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.287) Chapter 14 1941–1945
Fritz Lang

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1941 to 1945. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, forced America to abandon its isolationism and enter the rapidly escalating war. Directors were in the forefront of those in Hollywood who contributed to the war effort. Yet Fritz Lang never volunteered any military-related duty in the fight against the nation he had once embraced and which he now reviled. Indeed, Lang would exploit the war for publicity and career advantage. It was during these years that the story of his encounter with the Nazis first surfaced in the press, in interviews and articles promoting his quartet of war-inspired productions: Man Hunt, Hangmen Also Die, Ministry of Fear, and Cloak and Dagger. That is one of the reasons why some people, especially emigres, associated the director’s story with self-serving opportunism.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, directors, Nazis, World War II

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