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Destiny (Der müde Tod) (1921)

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Lil Dagover Lil Dagover
Young Woman / Das junge Mädchen / Zobeide / Monna Fiametta / Tiao Tsien
Walter Janssen Walter Janssen
Young Man / Der junge Mann / Franke / Giovan Francesco / Liang
Bernhard Goetzke Bernhard Goetzke
Death / Der Tod / El Mot / Bogner / Archer
Hans Sternberg Hans Sternberg
Mayor / Bürgermeister
Karl Rückert Karl Rückert
Reverend
Max Adalbert Max Adalbert
Notary / Notar / Schatzmeister / Chancellor
Wilhelm Diegelmann Wilhelm Diegelmann
Doctor / Arzt
Erich Pabst Erich Pabst
Teacher / Lehrer


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Destiny

2 months, 3 weeks ago at Sep 16 2:47
Fritz Lang’s first big hit, with Metropolis just a few short years away, may not be as ingenious or vital as his later works, but it’s still fascinating to watch as a primer on the earliest parts of his career. It’s something of a morality play/parable between a young woman who has recently lost her lover and the embodiment of death, strangely sympathetic and kind here, but it occasionally p... read more
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As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death and is sequestered behind a huge doorless, windowless wall. The woman finds a mystic entrance and is met by Death, who tells her three separate stories set in exotic locales, all involving circumstances similar to hers. In each story, a woman, trying to save her lover from his ultimate tragic fate, fails. The young lady realizes the meaning of the tales and takes the only step she can to reunite herself with her lover.
Release date: 30 January 1922
UPC: 014381941128
Tags: Silent (6), 1921 (5), Fantasy (4), Expressionism (3), Horror (3), German (3), Death (3), Spirits (2), 1920s (2), Drama (2), Fate (2), Thriller (2), Romance (2), Transformations (2), Germanexpressionism (1), Classic (1), Sort (1), Bw (1), MMG (1), Germany (1)
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JxSxPx posted a review 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Destiny

“Fritz Lang’s first big hit, with Metropolis just a few short years away, may not be as ingenious or vital as his later works, but it’s still fascinating to watch as a primer on the earliest parts of his career. It’s something of a morality play/parable between a young woman who has recently lost her lover and the embodiment of death, strangely sympathetic and kind here, but it occasionally plays as a bit of a slog. None of this mean it’s still not a noteworthy rediscovery, and one that you should seek out.   Destiny finds Lang telling a triptych of doomed lovers stories, each of them populated by the same core of actors playing dress-up both in elaborate costuming and in racial makeup, wrapped around a “present day,” for 1921, story. A young couple wanders into a small town ” read more

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"First viewing - June 24th After dinner I realized I haven't watched anything made prior to my birth this month, and this is one of the few films in my queue that fit the bill. Plus it's Fritz Lang, so I knew it'd be worth a look. And the film was definitely interesting, as it visits different countries so we get a look at Carnival, Ramadan, and a Chinese emperor's birthday along the way. The authenticity of these moments is questionable at times, but I can imagine audiences back then being swep"


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