Destiny (1921 film)

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Destiny
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Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer[1]
Screenplay by
Starring
Cinematography
Edited by Fritz Lang[1]
Production
company
Distributed by Decla-Bioscop AG[1]
Release dates
  • October 6, 1921 (1921-10-06) (Berlin[1])
Country Germany[1]

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.[2] 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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Der müde Tod". Filmportal.de. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Hardy 1995, p. 29.

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