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Destiny (1921)

Der müde Tod (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller | 30 January 1922 (Finland)
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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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Fritz Lang
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernhard Goetzke ... Death / Der Tod / El Mot / Bogner / Archer
Lil Dagover ... Young Woman / Das junge Mädchen / Zobeide / Monna Fiametta / Tiao Tsien
Walter Janssen ... Young Man / Der junge Mann / Franke / Giovan Francesco / Liang
Hans Sternberg Hans Sternberg ... Mayor / Bürgermeister
Karl Rückert Karl Rückert ... Reverend (as Carl Rückert)
Max Adalbert ... Notary / Notar / Schatzmeister / Chancellor
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Doctor / Arzt
Erich Pabst Erich Pabst ... Teacher / Lehrer
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Pharmacist / Apotheker
Hermann Picha Hermann Picha ... Taylor / Schneider
Paul Rehkopf Paul Rehkopf ... Grave-Digger / Küster
Max Pfeiffer Max Pfeiffer ... Night Watchman / Nachtwächter
Georg John ... Beggar / Bettler
Lydia Potechina ... Landlady / Wirtin
Grete Berger ... Mother / Mutter
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Storyline

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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The Movie That Inspired Hitchcock and Bunuel! (2016)


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Alfred Hitchcock's favorite film. See more »

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Junge Maedchen: You dread, awful cactus, you!
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Alternate Versions

DVD "Destiny (Der müd Tod)" (c) 2000 by Film Preservation Associates, with English titles and inter-titles by Ulrich Ruedel, tinted with added musical score, running at 99 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Regarding Buñuel (2000) See more »

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Haunting and lovely silent fable
6 October 2006 | by FANatic-10See all my reviews

I really was impressed by Fritz Lang's "Destiny". It seemed like the pictorialization of a timeless German fable rather than a figment of Lang's imagination. The story of a young woman in medieval times whose beloved fiancée is taken by death while they travel through a small village, it is timelessly haunting even now. It must have really hit people hard in 1921 Germany, three years after the death and destruction of WWI. The framing story is set around three mini-stories set in ancient Persia, Renaissance Venice and China. These stories are well done and diverting, but also a bit distracting from the poignant main story which was what I really responded to. Lang seemed totally assured and powerful as a filmmaker even in 1921. Lil Dagover was affecting as the heroine and Bernhard Goetzke gave a powerful and moving performance as Death. He was also great in Joe May's "The Indian Tomb" released in 1921 also. I highly recommend "Destiny" or "Der Mude Tod" to anyone at all interested in silent film or the career of Fritz Lang.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

None | German

Release Date:

30 January 1922 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Weary Death See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,334, 22 May 2016

Gross USA:

$12,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,156
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Production Co:

Decla-Bioscop AG See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (2016 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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