Fritz Lang

  • William Friedkin – A Conversation with Fritz Lang (1975)

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    “Conversation with Fritz Lang“ is a 50-minute conversation between directors Lang and William Friedkin shot on February 21 & 24, 1975, a year before Lang died.
    He takes us on a historical journey, outlining his early days in the Germany of the Weimar Republic through to his “dramatic“ departure after meeting Joseph Goebbels (we now know the story isn’t true as Lang went back to Germany several times after his “flight,” and he may not have met Goebbels at all) to become a reluctant Hollywood studio director.
    Don’t get your hopes too high though. This isn’t a filmmaking masterclass nor a debate between the self proclaimed “master of the unusual“ and “Hurricane Billy“ as you won’t see much of Friedkin, except for his neck. It still is extremely interesting as Lang knows how to tell a good story and to grip the viewer’s attention with vivid and colorful details that might be totally true or not.Read More »

  • Fritz Lang – Das Indische Grabmal AKA The Indian Tomb (1959)

    1951-1960AdventureClassicsFritz LangGermany

    Synopsis:
    Harald Berger and his Indian lover, the temple dancer Seetha, desperately flee from the shikaris (cavalry) of Eschanapur’s maharajah Chandra, who burn a whole village just for letting them pass invoking traditional hospitality. A spider weaves a web so the trackers won’t look for them in a Shiva temple, but she is caught outside, he left for dead after a steep fall into a crocodile-infested water. Meanwhile his sister Irene and brother-in-law Dr. Walter Rhode, the architect who refuses to build a tomb to bury Seetah alive for scorning the ruler’s love before the hospital he was asked for, guess the truth, and try to make their assigned Indian servant Asagara talk, who dreads incriminating his sovereign.Read More »

  • Fritz Lang – You and Me (1938)

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    The last installment of Lang’s “social trilogy,” You and Me (preceded by Fury and You Only Live Once) was an ambitious experiment but ultimately a box-office failure. A studied attempt to craft a socially conscious satire in the tradition of Brecht’s didactic plays, the film—produced by Lang himself for Paramount—presents the story of a progressive department-store owner who employs ex-convicts, some of whom have not quite reformed. Although Lang’s directorial sleight of hand is visible everywhere, the film slips between the registers of drama and comedy in ways that may have perplexed contemporary audiences.Read More »

  • Fritz Lang – Spione aka Spies (1928)

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    Synopsis: Spies (Spione) was the first independent production of German “thriller” director Fritz Lang. The years-ahead-of-its-time plotline involves Russian espionage activity in London. The mastermind is Haghi (Rudolph Klein-Rogge), a supposedly respectable carnival sideshow entertainer. Heading the good guys is Agent 326 (Willy Fritsch), with the help of defecting Russian spy Sonya (Gerda Maurus). The film moves swiftly to several potential climaxes, each one more exciting than its predecessor. Haghi’s ultimate demise is a superbly staged Pirandellian vignette. Anticipating Citizen Kane by a dozen years, director Lang dispenses with all transitional dissolves and fade-outs, flat-cutting territory from one scene to another. The film was co-scripted by Lang and his then-wife Thea Von Harbou. – Hal Erickson (AMG)Read More »

  • Fritz Lang – You and Me (1938)

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    An altruistic department-store owner hires ex-convicts in order to give them a second chance at life. Unfortunately, one of the convicts he hires recruits two of his fellow ex-convicts in a plan to rob the store.Read More »

  • Fritz Lang – House by the River (1950)

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    A deranged writer murders a maid after she resists his advances. The writer engages his brother’s help in hiding the body, causing unexpected problems for both of them.Read More »

  • Fritz Lang – Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse AKA The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) (HD)

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    Quote:
    In 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse uses hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.Read More »

  • Fritz Lang – Der Tiger von Eschnapur AKA The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959)

    1951-1960AdventureFritz LangGermany

    Quote:
    In Eschnapur, a German architect saves the life of the Maharajah’s favorite temple dancer and becomes Maharajah’s friend but their friendship is tested when the architect and the dancer fall in-love, triggering the Maharajah’s vengeful ire.Read More »

  • Fritz Lang – Man Hunt (1941)

    1941-1950Fritz LangThrillerUSAWar

    Synopsis:
    British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.Read More »

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