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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.27) Chapter 2 1911–1918
Fritz Lang

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1911 to 1918. Lang left home either late in 1910 or early 1911 and began visiting galleries and museums in Nuremberg, Munich, and Frankfurt, before journeying down the Rhine to Belgium and landing at his destination of Brussels. Arriving with twenty-five francs in his pocket, Lang began to sketch postcards, caricatures, watercolors, and easel art, selling them to tourists for coffee and bread. By April 1913, Lang was living in Paris, nurturing a dream of becoming a painter. He enlisted in the Austrian military on January 12, 1915 and was wounded in battle in June 1916. The records are vague on this point, but injury could be the eye wound that necessitated his famous—some might say notorious—monocle. It was at this juncture that the temporarily blinded Lang, lying in bed in a Vienna hospital, began envisioning a future and profession for himself in motion pictures.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, Germany, Belgium, Paris, military, monocle

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