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Der müde Tod

Fritz Lang’s eerie masterpiece was acknowledged as an influence by both Hitchcock
 and Buñuel.

Image from Destiny

Germany 1921
Dir Fritz Lang
With Lil Dagover, Bernhard Goetzke, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
German intertitles with EST
Certificate PG
A Eureka Entertainment Ltd release

Lang’s eerie masterpiece, full of haunting imagery, was acknowledged as an influence by both Hitchcock and Buñuel. Inspired by German Romanticism, this is the poignant tale of a young woman (Dagover) whose bridegroom is snatched from her by Death (Goetzke, in one of the most chilling of all screen portrayals of the Grim Reaper). Pleading for her lover’s return, the desperate widow accepts Death’s challenge, embarking on a series of spectacular adventures. With production design by Robert Herlth, Walter Röhrig and Hermann Warm (variously responsible for Caligari and Faust), Destiny is justly renowned for its atmospheric settings and magical special effects. In this new restoration, complete with original tints and tones, Lang’s first great film holds us spellbound.

Margaret Deriaz, film curator

With recorded score by Cornelius Schwehr, performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

See our Silent Cinema strand and all silent film screenings.

The screening on Friday 9 June 14:00 is a Senior’s matinee + intro.


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