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Der müde Tod (1921)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lil Dagover ... 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 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
Georg John ... Beggar / Bettler
Lydia Potechina Lydia Potechina ... Landlady / Wirtin
Grete Berger 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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 January 1922 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Between Two Worlds See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,334, 22 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,156, 19 August 2016
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Production Co:

Decla-Bioscop AG See more »
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Runtime:

| (2016 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

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Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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if only movies today used their sfx so well
3 January 2003 | by mmmuconnSee all my reviews

Contemporary audiences must have been awed by the spectacle of the three exotic adventure episodes within `Der Mude Tod', but the imagery Fritz Lang employs in the bookends is the most fascinating aspect of the film today. Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton had already occasionally used clever camera tricks, but Fritz Lang's film revels in special effects. Through editing and double exposure, he makes it look even now as though ghosts are disappearing through a garden wall, or that two lovers' souls are exiting their bodies. The most exciting thing about Lang's magic, of course, is that his images act as a foundation for beautiful, poetic ideas. His unusually sympathetic portrayal of Death is just one example of why the outer story resonates so much more than the obvious melodrama in its middle. Lang seems to argue that, while love cannot overcome death, it retains a power which even death would respect and envy.

Rating: 8


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