This study examines the early work of Fritz Lang, proposing readings of the entire output of one of cinema's foremost directors. It emphasizes Lang's reflection on modernity, and hones in on the problem of identity and subjectivity in a progressively more automated, impersonal world.
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About 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.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments ixIntroduction: Standing Outside the Films - Emblems PART I: Reading the Text of Death -- Lang's Silent Allegories: Der mude Tod (1921), Die Nibelungen (1924), Metropolis The Marchen: Der mude Tod -- Death and the Maiden The Decay of Myth: Siegfried's Death, 34 Kriemhild's Revenge Metropolis: The Dance of Death PART II: The Mastery of Crime -- Lang's Urban Thrillers: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), Spies (1928), The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Mabuse, Grand Enunciator: Control and Co-ordination Haghi The Testament of Dr. Mabuse PART III: Hinge -- M M: The City Haunted by Demonic Desire PART IV: Fritz Lang's America - The Social Trilogy: Fury (1936), You Only Live Once (1937), You and Me You Ought to Be in Pictures: Liliom and Fury You Only Live Once You and Me PART V: Framing Desire: The Woman in the Window (1944), Scarlet Street (1945), The Secret Beyond the Door (1948), House by the River The Woman in the Window: Cycles of Desire Scarlet Street: Life Is a Nightmare Secret Beyond the Door: Broken Frames and Piercing Gazes Coda: House by the River PART 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 The Blue Gardenia The Big Heat While the City Sleeps/Beyond a Reasonable Doubt The Circle Closes on the Last Mabuse Notes 481 Bibliography 507 Index 519