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Fritz Lang (I) (1890–1976)


Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. From 1910 to 1914, he traveled in Europe, and he ... See full bio »

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(1963)
M Director
(1931)
Metropolis Director
(1927)
(1929)

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Featured in the BBC Home Service series "On Films" with Paul Mayersberg.

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7 Biographical Movies | 19 Print Biographies | 15 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lang

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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[on Erich von Stroheim] In my opinion, there were only two directors in Hollywood who made films without regard to box-office success: Von Stroheim and myself. See more »

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Unlike many silent-era directors, he welcomed the advent of sound, but didn't rush into it--while the sound era is generally agreed to have started in 1927, he didn't make a sound film until 1931, but it was one of his finest--M (1931). The film, a dark tale about a pedophile who molests and murders a little girl, was a smash international hit and made a star out of its lead, Peter Lorre. The ... See more »

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His films are dark (both visually and in tone) See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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