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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.380) Chapter18 1952–1953
Fritz Lang

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes films directed by Fritz Lang from 1952 to 1953. These include Rancho Notorious, his third Western, released in February 1952. Despite a last-minute title change, despite the film’s being “cut to pieces,” despite Marlene Dietrich’s cold, metallic performance, this was the only one of the director’s three Westerns that actually came alive on the screen and felt truly Langian. Another film was Clash by Night, which released in May of 1952 to positive reviews. This was followed by The Blue Gardenia, an independent production for Warner Brothers released in 1953. While the film is one of Lang’s lesser efforts, it has its own share of fans, including future French nouvelle vague director Eric Rohmer.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, directors, Westerns, Rancho Notorious, Clash by Night, The Blue Gardenia

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