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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.455) Chapter 21 1965–1976
Fritz Lang

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1965 to 1976. Lang grieved over the deaths of his old friends including Peter Lorre in March of 1964, Gerda Maurus in 1968, and Teodor Adorno in 1969. In 1971, Lang yielded to long-standing invitations to return to Vienna. He flew there in the spring, was voted a Medal of Honor by the city council, and had a day set aside in his honor by Vienna Mayor Felix Slavik. For the last ten or fifteen years of his life, Lang also had a coterie of younger friends whom he adopted and who adopted him. He was touched to hear how his protegés restored and collected 16-mm copies of his films as if they were paintings. He watched his silent films for the first time in decades with this circle of friends in small basement screening rooms, sometimes with other Berlin-era luminaries. Lang died of a stroke on August 2, 1976, he was eighty-five.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, directors, Vienna, stroke, death, journals

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