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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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1948–1952

1948–1952

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(p.365) Chapter 17 1948–1952
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Fritz Lang
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Patrick McGilligan

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0018

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1948 to 1952. Lang became one of the German emigres who experienced a disturbing sense of deja vu when comparing Germany in 1933 with the political climate of post-war America. The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) had resumed its attacks against Hollywood’s left-wing community, seeking to brand them as Communists. It was also a period of enormous instability in Hollywood. The Justice Department forced the major studios to divest themselves of theater chains that had guaranteed their profit margins. Television was stealing audiences away while box office showed dramatic erosion. It was a mark of Lang’s character that he forged on, in fact remarkably multiplied his efforts. In the eight years that followed the failure of Diana Productions, he would direct ten motion pictures. These would become the years of his greatest productivity in America.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, directors, House Un-American Activities Committee, Communists, Hollywood

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