Destiny (1921)

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Fritz Lang's Destiny has been given a clean and sharp transfer for this DVD, in what is essentially window-boxed form, with a thin black border around the top, bottom, and sides of the image. Once one grows accustomed to this presentation, however, the movie is extremely easy to watch, having been preserved well enough to stand with the best of 1920's films. The transfer is a little dark, and it is possible that a formal restoration, of the kind done with Lang's Metropolis, would yield better results today, but ...
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Overview

Fritz Lang's Destiny has been given a clean and sharp transfer for this DVD, in what is essentially window-boxed form, with a thin black border around the top, bottom, and sides of the image. Once one grows accustomed to this presentation, however, the movie is extremely easy to watch, having been preserved well enough to stand with the best of 1920's films. The transfer is a little dark, and it is possible that a formal restoration, of the kind done with Lang's Metropolis, would yield better results today, but it's difficult to complain too loudly. And the presence of a good orchestral score -- mastered at a healthy volume -- helps immensely in appreciating the movie today. The dozen chapters are more than adequate to break down to somewhat episodic story line, and are accessible through an easy-to-use menu.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • UPC: 014381941128
  • Original Release: 1921
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

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

Side #1
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title [1:37]
2. Winter's Early Breath [9:50]
3. Presentiments of Death [12:44]
4. "Love Is Stronger Than Death" [6:06]
5. The Story of the First Light [14:24]
6. The Story of the Second Light [14:33]
7. The Story of the Third Light [22:44]
8. A Final Chance [1:30]
9. Lust for Life [5:48]
10. Another Life, Not Yet Expired [4:19]
11. "Who Gives His Life Away Shall Gain It" [3:26]
12. End Credits [1:50]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ahead of its time...

    destiny is a real eye opener about storytelling and some great specia effects/ tricks with the camera .It has 3-4 stories withhin the movie ,and was made betw. 1919-1920 Langs second movie but a forrunner of Thief of Baghdad...you will see why... I was amazed about the movie and its storytelling it used... highly recommended if you like Silentmovie with history bevor the talkies were invented... i give it a 10 from 10 and hopefully one day it will get an amazing restoration clean up as well ...

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