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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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1945–1946

1945–1946

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(p.315) Chapter 15 1945–1946
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Fritz Lang
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Patrick McGilligan

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0016

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1945 to 1946. The World War II years—a time when Hollywood was depleted, other directors were engaged in military service, and Lang was achieving his rare string of successes—gave the director an opportunity to become once again the head of his own company. Lang formed Diana Productions together with producer Walter Wanger and his wife, actress Joan Bennett. The chapter also describes the making of Scarlet Street, which Lang counts as one of his favorite films; Lang’s interest in recouping some of his lost income and wealth from Germany’s new government; the fate of his wife Thea von Harbou at the end of World War II; and his film for Warner Brothers about the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) entitled Cloak and Dagger.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, directors, World War II, Walter Wanger, Joan Bennet, Diana Productions, Thea von Harbou

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