The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity

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In this remarkable new study, the renowned historian and theorist of early cinema turns his attention to the work of Fritz Lang, proposing new readings of the entire output of one of cinema's foremost directors. Gunning examines the films not only as a stylistically coherent body of work, but as an attempt to portray the modern world through cinema. The world of modernity in which systems replace individuals is conveyed by Lange's mastery of cinematic set design, composition, and editing. Lang presents not only a...
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Overview

In this remarkable new study, the renowned historian and theorist of early cinema turns his attention to the work of Fritz Lang, proposing new readings of the entire output of one of cinema's foremost directors. Gunning examines the films not only as a stylistically coherent body of work, but as an attempt to portray the modern world through cinema. The world of modernity in which systems replace individuals is conveyed by Lange's mastery of cinematic set design, composition, and editing. Lang presents not only a decades-long vision of cinematic narrative that can be compared to that of Alfred Hitchcock or Jean Renoir, but a view of modernity that relates strongly to the ideas of Adorno, Brecht, Benjamin, and Kracauer.
From the sweeping allegorical films of the '20s to the chilly and abstract thrillers of the '50s, Fritz Lang's films, Gunning claims, are among the most precious records of the twentieth century. The Films of Fritz Lang immeasurably enriches our understanding of a great artist who fades away even in being recognized and interpreted, an enigmatic figure at the junction of aesthetics, history, biography and theory.

Author Biography: Tom Gunning is Professor of Art History, Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film: The Early Years at Biograph.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851707426
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Gunning is Professor of Art History, Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film: The Early Years at Biograph.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Standing Outside the Films - Emblems
Pt. I Reading the Text of Death - Lang's Silent Allegories: Der Mude Tod (1921), Die Nibelungen (1924), Metropolis (1927)
1 The Marchen: Der Mude Tod - Death and the Maiden
2 The Decay of Myth: Siegfried's Death, Kriemhild's Revenge
3 Metropolis: The Dance of Death
Pt. II The Mastery of Crime - Lang's Urban Thrillers: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), Spies (1928), The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1932)
4 Mabuse, Grand Enunciator: Control and Co-ordination
5 Haghi
6 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Pt. III Hinge - M (1931)
7 M: The City Haunted by Demonic Desire
Pt. IV Fritz Lang's America - The Social Trilogy: Fury (1936), You Only Live Once (1937), You and Me (1938)
8 You Ought to Be in Pictures: Liliom and Fury
9 You Only Live Once
10 You and Me
Pt. V Framing Desire: The Woman in the Window (1944), Scarlet Street (1945), The Secret Beyond the Door (1948), House by the River (1950)
11 The Woman in the Window: Cycles of Desire
12 Scarlet Street: Life Is a Nightmare
13 Secret Beyond the Door. Broken Frames and Piercing Gazes
14 Coda: House by the River
Pt. VI The 50s Exposes and Lang's Last Testament: The Blue Gardenia (1953), The Big Heat (1953), While the City Sleeps (1955), Beyond a Reasonable doubt (1956), The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)
15 The Blue Gardenia
16 The Big Heat
17 While the city Sleeps/Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
18 The Circle Closes on the Last Mabuse
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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