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Giveaway – Win Fritz Lang’s Der müde Tod

9 July 2017 11:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Eureka Entertainment releases Der müde Tod [a.k.a. Destiny], Fritz Lang’s visually ambitious, cinematic allegory starring Lil Dagover and Bernhard Goetzke, as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on July 24th, and we have three copies to give away. Read on for details of how to enter…

Before directing numerous genre defining masterpieces such as Metropolis, M, and Spione, Fritz Lang was already defying cinematic conventions with Der müde Tod (literally, The Weary Death).

A young woman (Lil Dagover) confronts the personification of Death (Bernhard Goetzke), in an effort to save the life of her fiancé (Walter Janssen). Death weaves three romantic tragedies and offers to unite the girl with her lover, if she can prevent the death of the lovers in at least one of the episodes. Thus begin three exotic scenarios of ill-fated love, in which the woman must somehow reverse the course of destiny: Persia, »

- Gary Collinson

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Destiny review – Fritz Lang's amazing dream of longing and fear

7 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lang’s mysterious silent melodrama from 1921 is a parable about love and death that captivates with its ambition, enigma and sophistication

The only response to this 1921 silent movie by Fritz Lang, now restored and rereleased, is a kind of amazement – at its ambition, its enigma, its combination of innocence and sophistication. As so often with early cinema and silent cinema, you see the kinship with fable and fairy story, but also find yourself suspecting that it is somehow silent cinema that is truly aware of the medium’s possibilities; these seem to elude the more evolved, yet earthbound realist cinema that comes later.

Destiny is a parable fantasy: a young woman (Lil Dagover) is horrified when her fiance (Walter Janssen) is led away by the implacable figure of Death (Bernhard Goetzke) who has recently bought a plot of land that he has turned into a walled garden for his captured souls. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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