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1965–1976

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0022
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1965 to 1976. Lang grieved over the deaths of his old friends including Peter Lorre in March of 1964, Gerda Maurus in 1968, and Teodor Adorno in ... More


1934–1936

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life in Hollywood from 1934 to 1936. Lang needed to adjust to the Hollywood studio system by embracing a new religion of teamwork, diplomacy, and that was ... More


1939–1941

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1939 to 1941. These include receiving his American citizenship on August 14, 1939; the death of his father, Anton Lang, on February 28, 1940, at ... More


1941–1945

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1941 to 1945. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, forced America to abandon its isolationism and enter the rapidly escalating war. ... More


1945–1946

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1945 to 1946. The World War II years—a time when Hollywood was depleted, other directors were engaged in military service, and Lang was achieving ... More


1953–1956

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0020
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1953 to 1956. Now under contract at Columbia, Lang would stumble across a property that was made to order for him—one of those happy accidents of ... More


1957–1964

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1957 to 1964. In 1958, Lang accepted an offer to remake Das indische Grabmal. Das indische Grabmal was split into two films—Der Tiger von ... More


Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Patrick McGilligan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The name of Fritz Lang—the visionary director of Metropolis, M, Fury, The Big Heat, and thirty other unforgettable films—is hallowed the world over. But what lurks behind his greatest legends and his ... More


1890–1911

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details Fritz Lang’s early life in Vienna, Austria, from 1890 to 1911. Topics covered include a background of his parents Anton and Paula Schlesinger Lang; his family’s conversion to ... More


1932–1933

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1932 to 1933. These include the making of a sequel to Doktor Mabuse, der Spieler entitled Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (The Last Will of Dr. ... More


1946–1947

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0017
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1946 to 1947. These include his move to a new hilltop residence in Beverly Hills; his worsening relationship with Walter Wanger; his search for ... More


1918–1921

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life in Germany from 1918 to 1921. Lang was in Berlin for the Armistice of November 11, 1918; for the collapse of the monarchy; for the dismal conclusion ... More


1936–1938

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1936 to 1938. These include the making of the film You Only Live Once, which was released in late January 1937 to positive reviews; his receipt ... More


1952–1953

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0019
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes films directed by Fritz Lang from 1952 to 1953. These include Rancho Notorious, his third Western, released in February 1952. Despite a last-minute title change, despite the ... More


1911–1918

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1911 to 1918. Lang left home either late in 1910 or early 1911 and began visiting galleries and museums in Nuremberg, Munich, and Frankfurt, ... More


1930–1931

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life from 1930 to 1931. These include the making of the film M, which starred Peter Lorre. Premiering in 1931, M evidenced not only the most advanced ... More


Epic Theater versus Film Noir: Bertolt Brecht and Fritz Lang’s Anti-Nazi Film Hangmen Also Die

Ehrhard Bahr

in Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251281
eISBN:
9780520933804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251281.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

When American newspapers reported the assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in May 1942, Bertolt Brecht and Fritz Lang immediately seized upon the idea of writing a script ... More


1933–1934

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details events in Fritz Lang’s life in Paris from 1933 to 1934. These include the making of Liliom, which premiered in May 1934. The film was maligned from the start, with the Catholic ... More


1921–1922

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Fritz Lang’s films from 1921 to 1922. These include Der müde Tod (The Weary Death, a.k.a. Destiny), the first original script Lang and Thea von Harbou worked on without a ... More


1925–1927

Patrick McGilligan

in Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676552
eISBN:
9781452948942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676552.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the making of Metropolis, which Lang envisioned as the “costliest and most ambitious picture ever” made in Europe, with thousands of extras, huge sets, special effects that ... More


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