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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.5) Chapter 1 1890–1911
Fritz Lang

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter details Fritz Lang’s early life in Vienna, Austria, from 1890 to 1911. Topics covered include a background of his parents Anton and Paula Schlesinger Lang; his family’s conversion to Catholicism due to the rising anti-Semitism in Vienna; the antagonistic relationship between Fritz, the favored child, and his older brother Dolf, who was often hidden away due to his rampant psoriasis that resulted in scabs and rashes all over his body; Fritz’s growing infatuation with American Westerns; his studies at K. und K. Staatsrealschule, a secondary school and the technische Hochschule, a technical college for advanced studies in the sciences; and his work in two cabarets, the Femina Revue Buhne (Femina Music Hall) and Theaterkabarett Holle (Cabaret Hell).

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, Austria, family, education, cabarets

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