Destiny (1921)

Destiny (1921)

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Director: Fritz Lang

Cast: Fritz Lang, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke

     
 

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Fritz Lang was a stickler for realism in his American films; not so his German silents, which were fanciful to the point of being fairy tales. Der Müde Tod, Lang's first big critical success, is an allegorical tale of love, fidelity and death. The heroine (Lil Dagover), who in her dreams is confronted by Mr. Death, argues for the life of her beloved, but is

Overview

Fritz Lang was a stickler for realism in his American films; not so his German silents, which were fanciful to the point of being fairy tales. Der Müde Tod, Lang's first big critical success, is an allegorical tale of love, fidelity and death. The heroine (Lil Dagover), who in her dreams is confronted by Mr. Death, argues for the life of her beloved, but is unable to make the personal sacrifices that Death insists upon. Originally presented in three parts, Der Müde Tod was often boiled down to a single film for its non-German showings. Its English-language titles range from The Weary Death to Between Two Worlds to Beyond the Wall to Destiny.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Fritz Lang may have immersed himself in German culture with his Siegfried and Kriemhilde's Revenge, but he was never more Germanic anywhere than he was with Destiny. Inspired by a childhood dream, this grim yet entertaining story about life-and-death, and the struggle to overcome the latter, never quite escapes its origins, in terms of a somber tone and caste to its plot and characters -- indeed, it is as self-consciously German as Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (with which it has much in common) is self-consciously Swedish. It's easy to understand how other filmmakers, most especially Douglas Fairbanks Sr. as a producer (on The Thief of Bagdad), would have lifted much of Destiny's form and images, but little of its substance. The movie still holds up, but it is a little tougher to absorb than, say, Lang's Nibelungen films, lacking a conventional heroic presence or story-arc for audiences to grab onto. Indeed, in many ways, the work it most closely resembles thematically is Harold S. Buquet's On Borrowed Time (1939), which has a somewhat similar resolution.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2016
UPC:
0738329207182
Original Release:
1921
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Classics
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
8,124

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lil Dagover Fiametta,Junge Maedchen,Tiaotsien,Zobeide
Walter Janssen Der junge Mann,Francesco,Franke,Liang
Bernhard Goetzke Bogner,Der Tod,El Mot
Rudolf Klein-Rogge Derwisch,Girolamo
Paul Biensfeldt Ahi
Eduard von Winterstein Kalif
Grete Berger Actor
Wilhelm Diegelmann Actor
Georg John Bettler
Paul Rehkopf Kuester
Hermann Vallentin Actor
Max Adalbert Notar/Schatzmeister
Hermann Picha Schneider

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director,Screenwriter
Giuseppe Becce Score Composer
Thea von Harbou Screenwriter
Robert Herlth Production Designer
Erich Pommer Producer
Walter Röhrig Production Designer
Fritz Arno Wagner Cinematographer
Hermann Warm Production Designer