Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Destiny / Weary Death (1921) by Fritz Lang
Destiny Weary / Death (1921) by Fritz Lang
Original German title: Der müde Tod is a 1921 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang.
The German language title literally means Weary Death (in the sense of personified Death); the film was originally released in the United States as Behind the Wall and in the United Kingdom as Destiny. The film, rich in special effects, is structured as a frame tale with three stories within the story.
In the Expressionistic frame story, in which human lives are each represented by a candle, Death grants a woman three chances to save her lover, if love can triumph over death.
The three stories within the story each occur in a setting that is nominally historic, but really in the realm of fantasy: an adventure tale with a Persian setting out of the Arabian Nights, a Renaissance Venetian romance, and a largely comic story set in China.
Douglas Fairbanks purchased the American rights, to delay its general American release while he copied the effects of the Persian segment for his 1924 The Thief of Baghdad.
Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Starring Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Hans Sternberg,
Erich Pabst, Max Adalbert, Georg John
Cinematography, Bruno Mondi, Erich Nitzschmann, Herrmann Saalfrank, Bruno Timm, Fritz Arno Wagner
Distributed by Decla-Bioscop
Release date: 6 October 1921
Running time: 99 minutes
In DVD/CD sleeve, photo label and 4x6 glossy promo photo. Guaranteed, replaced with same title.