Fritz Lang

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Da Capo Press, 1986 - Performing Arts - 416 pages
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Fritz Lang, almost alone among his fellow continental refugees, was able to make outstanding films in both his native Germany and his adopted Hollywood. The director of Metropolis and M and Dr. Mabuse came to America in 1934 and began a long and distinguished career that included such films as You Only Live Once, The Woman in the Window, Scarlet Street, Ministry of Fear, Rancho Notorious, and The Big Heat. He is a key figure in the history of film noir, bringing to the screen a fatalist's vision of a menacing world of criminals, misfits, and helpless victims, and providing a distinctive visual look to every film he directed. This film-by-film study of Lang's oeuvre by one of the great film historians combines personal insightóEisner and Lang had a long standing friendshipówith deep historical understanding of Lang's roots in German culture and cinema. Both true modernists, Eisner and Lang are perfectly matched, as this book clearly demonstrates.
  

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User Review  - Brett - Goodreads

This must have been a nice monograph in hardcover what with all the glossy archival production pictures but the paperback edition brings Eisner's perfunctory film synopses and only adequate insights ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zepp - Goodreads

An intimate film by film account of Lang's career- a little too easy on the warts, but with lots of good facts and facts. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
Autobiography
The German Films before Hitler and Liliom
16
Langs Early Scripts and Films ll
17
Die Spinnen The Spiders 1919
32
Der Mude Tod Destiny 1921
43
Dr Mabuse Der Spieler Dr Mabuse the Gambler 1922
57
Die Nibelungen 192324
69
The Woman in the Window 1944
247
Scarlet Street 1945
257
Cloak and Dagger 1946
267
Secret Beyond the Door 1948
275
The House by the River 1949
285
American Guerrilla in the Philippines 1950
295
Rancho Notorious 1951
301
Clash by Night 1951
313

Metropolis 192526
83
Spione The Spy 1926
95
Frau im Mond Woman in the Moon 1928
106
to Das Testament des Dr Mabuse The Last Will of Dr Mabuse 193233
129
The first German Period
139
Liliom 1933
149
The American Period
159
Fury 1936
160
You and Me 1938
191
The Return of Frank James 1940
197
Western Union 1941
204
Man Hunt 1941
209
Hangmen Also Die 1943
221
The Ministry of Fear 1943
239
The Blue Gardenia 19s 3
321
The Big Heat 1953
336
Human Desire 1954
338
Moonfleet 1954
345
While the City Sleeps 1955
351
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 1956
358
The American Period 19341956
367
The Second German Period 19591960
384
Die Tausend Augen des Dr Mabuse The Thousand Eyes of Dr Mabuse i960
390
Le Mepris
397
Bibliography
398
Filmography 47
407
The Unrealised Projects
414
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

Lotte H. Eisner was born in Berlin, leaving Germany in 1933 to become a French citizen. Associated for many years with the Cinematheque Francaise, she was the author of The Haunted Screen and Murnau.

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