The Films of Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang's prolific career took him from Germany to Hollywood, spanning the silent era through the 1960s. Acclaimed as one of the greatest directors of the German Expressionist style, Lang is best known for his epic silent films in a variety of genres, including crime thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction. His shadowy, atmospheric visual style later made him one of the most celebrated directors of Film Noir, and continues to influence the design of many sci-fi and fantasy films today.


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Die Nibelungen Part 1: Siegfried

Originally released as two separate features, the saga begins by constructing an enchanted kingdom populated by dragons, magical trolls, and heroic figures defined by rigid codes of honor.


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Die Nibelungen Part 2: Kriemhild's Revenge

In the long-underrated second half, the death of Siegfried causes fantasy to devolve into nightmare, as his beloved Kriemhild enacts a vengeance that contaminates everyone in its path - a vengeance as ferocious and uncompromising as anything the cinema has ever depicted.


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Dr. Mabuse The Gambler

A truly legendary silent film, Fritz Lang's DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER had a major impact on the development of the crime thriller. The pursuit of arch fiend Dr. Mabuse, a gambler, hypnotist, master of disguises and all-around criminal mastermind, was the prototype for the sort of evil genius super-villains that would later become common in movies.


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Fritz Lang's Destiny

A young woman confronts the personification of Death, in an effort to save the life of her fiance. Death weaves three romantic tragedies and offers to unite the girl with her lover, if she can prevent the death of the lovers in at least one of the episodes.


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Scarlet Street

When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty from the rain slicked gutters of Greenwich Village, he plunges headlong into a whirlpool of lust, larceny, and revenge. SCARLET STREET is Fritz Lang's 1945 remake of Jean Renoir's 1931 LA CHIENNE.


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Spies

Having defined the espionage genre with Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, Fritz Lang returned to the genre with this surprisingly fast-paced and remarkably grim thriller. Rudolf Kleine-Rogge stars as Haghi, the head of an elaborate criminal empire, and Willy Fritsch is the undercover agent assigned to topple the diabolical king from his throne. Filled with the sexual intrigue and high-tech gadgetry that continue to define the genre, SPIES remains remarkably contemporary, more than 85 years after its original release.


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The Complete Metropolis

Incorporating more than 25 minutes of newly discovered footage, this stunning 2010 restoration of Metropolis is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece.


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The Indian Tomb: Part 1 - The Mission of the Yogi

A vengeance-crazed Maharajah of Bengal, seeks to build an imposing temple in which to entomb his former wife. But his diabolical plans are thwarted upon the arrival of a British architect and his fiancée.


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The Indian Tomb: Part 2 - The Tiger of Eschnapur

A vengeance-crazed Maharajah of Bengal, seeks to build an imposing temple in which to entomb his former wife. But his diabolical plans are thwarted upon the arrival of a British architect and his fiancée.


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The Spiders (Die Spinnen)

With this exotic adventure film, director Fritz Lang established himself as a master of epic storytelling. Influenced by the French serials of Louis Feuillade and infused with Lang's own fascination with Asian culture, THE SPIDERS follows international adventurer Kay Hoog in his quest for Incan gold and the precious "Buddha's head" diamond.


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Woman in the Moon

Two years after revolutionizing the science fiction film with his epic Metropolis, director Fritz Lang revisited the genre with an ambitious spectacle that dramatizes the first lunar expedition. Rather than a flight of pure fantasy, Lang, screenwriter Thea von Harbou and a group of technical consultants conceived a modernized "Trip to the Moon" grounded in state-of-the-art astrophysics. Spiced with romance and espionage (including a network of diabolical super-spies straight out of Lang's Mabuse films), WOMAN IN THE MOON was one of the most influential science fiction films of its era.


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Harakiri

An adaptation of Madame Butterfly, the tragic romance HARAKIRI indulged Fritz Lang's fascination with Asian culture and Orientalist design. Filmed on the outskirts of Berlin, Lang strived for authenticity, and obtained sets and costumes from the Hamburg Anthropological Museum.


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Four Around the Woman

Fritz Lang was on of the architects of silent cinema. Anticipating such films as Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler and Spies, FOUR AROUND THE WOMAN involves a society woman who must navigate through a complex web of criminal and emotional intrigues.


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