A collection of conversations about the filmmaker whose life and work spanned six decades of film history
Library JournalDirector Fritz Lang (1890-1976) is probably best known today for his classic German films Metropolis and M as well as a few American pictures from the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, including Fury, The Woman in the Window, and The Big Heat. His series of films featuring the evil genius Dr. Mabuse are also cult favorites. Here, Grant (film studies, Brock Univ., Ont.) has selected several previously published interviews dating between 1945 and 1973. They vary greatly in both length and significance and range from frivolous to revealing, the latter perhaps more than Lang might have wished. The same questions were often asked of him, and his responses were not always consistent if not actually evasive or even untruthful. For instance, he denies that he was notoriously dictatorial yet fails to give due credit to some of his important collaborators. What does emerge is his overriding theme: the unequal struggle of the individual against an inevitable and often undeserved fate. Recommended for comprehensive cinema collections to complement critical studies of the director's body of work.-Roy Liebman, California State Univ. Lib., Los Angeles Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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