Death -- Drama


(Der müde Tod)

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  • Portrait of Bruce Loeb
    On Piano

Bernhard Goetzke, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen,

Made shortly after Lang’s mother died, Destiny is “the director’s most thoughtful and compassionate meditation on mortality” (Patrick McGilligan). Inspired by a dream from Lang’s childhood, the film is a fantasy/allegory set in three historical periods—ancient Baghdad, seventeenth-century Venice, and imperial China—bracketed by a modern-day framing story. Destiny was Lang’s first film to gain him wide European recognition and remains one of his most brilliant cinematic achievements. Its magic-carpet fantasias inspired Douglas Fairbanks to make his Thief of Bagdad, according to historian Siegfried Kracauer. Luis Buñuel wrote, “Destiny opened my eyes to the poetic expressiveness of the cinema.”

  • Fritz Lang
  • Thea von Harbou
  • Fritz Arno Wagner
  • Erich Nitzschmann
  • Hermann Saalfrank
  • Silent
  • with German intertitles and English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 98 mins
  • Kino Lorber
  • Murnau-Stiftung

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Weary death (intertitles), 2001

Destiny (intertitles), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 1999

Der mude tod (distributor materials), Kit Parker Films, Montgomery Clift, 1979

A retrospective of the films of Fritz Lang (program), Pittsburgh Film-Makers, Robert Haller, 1976

Müde tod, Der (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, Tony Rayns, 1974

Trois oeuvres majeures de Fritz Lang (article), Cinémathèque Pour Vous, Gabriel Vialle, 1972

C.A.L. - U.A.M. presents the films of Fritz Lang (review), 1969

Between worlds (review), Variety, Fred Schader, 1924

The tired death (review), 1921

The films of Fritz Lang (brochure), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philip Chamberlin

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