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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.70) Chapter 4 1921–1922
Fritz Lang

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Fritz Lang’s films from 1921 to 1922. These include Der müde Tod (The Weary Death, a.k.a. Destiny), the first original script Lang and Thea von Harbou worked on without a hovering producer, and with the sure knowledge that Lang would direct. This film, which came on the heels of his mother’s death, would be the director’s most thoughtful and compassionate meditation on mortality. The film premiered on October 1, 1921, simultaneously at two of Berlin’s luxury theaters. It was the first work of Lang’s to gain a wide European reputation and it would become a famous example of a German motion picture rejected in Germany itself that was given a second chance at home on the strength of rhapsodic foreign notices.

Keywords:   Fritz Lang, biography, directors, mortality, Der müde Tod

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