Destiny (1921 film)

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Destiny
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DVD cover
Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Thea von Harbou
Fritz Lang
Starring Lil Dagover
Walter Janssen
Bernhard Goetzke
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Hans Sternberg
Erich Pabst
Max Adalbert
Georg John
Cinematography Bruno Mondi
Erich Nitzschmann
Herrmann Saalfrank
Bruno Timm
Fritz Arno Wagner
Distributed by Decla-Bioscop
Release date(s)
  • 6 October 1921 (1921-10-06)
Running time 105 minutes
Country Weimar Republic
Language Silent film
German intertitles

Destiny (German: Der müde Tod, "Weary Death"; originally released in the US as Behind the Wall) is a 1921 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang. The film, rich in special effects, is structured as a frame tale with three stories within the story.

Plot[edit]

In the Expressionistic frame story, in which human lives are each represented by a candle, Death grants a woman three chances to save her lover, if love can triumph over death. The three stories within the story each occur in a setting that is nominally historic, but really in the realm of fantasy: an adventure tale with a Persian setting out of the Arabian Nights, a Renaissance Venetian romance, and a largely comic story set in China.

Release[edit]

In Germany, the film was poorly received at first, with critics complaining that it was not 'German' enough, but the film was much more successful overseas.[1] Douglas Fairbanks purchased the American rights, to delay its general American release while he copied the effects of the Persian segment for his 1924 The Thief of Baghdad. [1]

Legacy[edit]

The film was highly influential, most notably in helping persuade Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel of the promise of the medium.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hardy 1995, p. 29.

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