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Destiny (1921)
"Der müde Tod" (original title)

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When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

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Young Woman / Das junge Mädchen / Zobeide / Monna Fiametta / Tiao Tsien
Walter Janssen ...
Young Man / Der junge Mann / Franke / Giovan Francesco / Liang
Bernhard Goetzke ...
Death / Der Tod / El Mot / Bogner / Archer
Hans Sternberg ...
Mayor / Bürgermeister
Karl Rückert ...
Reverend (as Carl Rückert)
Max Adalbert ...
Notary / Notar / Schatzmeister / Chancellor
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Doctor / Arzt
Erich Pabst ...
Teacher / Lehrer
Karl Platen ...
Pharmacist / Apotheker
Hermann Picha ...
Taylor / Schneider
Paul Rehkopf ...
Grave-Digger / Küster
Max Pfeiffer
Georg John ...
Beggar / Bettler
Lydia Potechina ...
Landlady / Wirtin
Grete Berger ...
Mother / Mutter
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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. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Hauntingly Beautiful
15 September 1999 | by (Limerick,Ireland) – See all my reviews

One of Fritz Lang's lesser known - and, sadly, lesser shown - films is DESTINY, a haunting and beautiful film about a woman who wishes to rescue her lover from the clutches of Death, and travels to the past to do so. Filled with incredible images, this is both a visual treat - as you would expect from Lang - and also a bittersweet love story. An obvious influence on Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL, this was also the film which made Luis Bunuel want to become a director. If you ever get the chance to see this, grab it. As important and impressive a silent film as SUNRISE or GREED.


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