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Der müde Tod (1921)

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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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Young Woman / Das junge Mädchen / Zobeide / Monna Fiametta / Tiao Tsien
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Young Man / Der junge Mann / Franke / Giovan Francesco / Liang
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Death / Der Tod / El Mot / Bogner / Archer
Hans Sternberg ...
Mayor / Bürgermeister
Karl Rückert ...
Reverend (as Carl Rückert)
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Notary / Notar / Schatzmeister / Chancellor
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Doctor / Arzt
Erich Pabst ...
Teacher / Lehrer
Karl Platen ...
Pharmacist / Apotheker
Hermann Picha ...
Taylor / Schneider
Paul Rehkopf ...
Grave-Digger / Küster
Max Pfeiffer
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Beggar / Bettler
Lydia Potechina ...
Landlady / Wirtin
Grete Berger ...
Mother / Mutter
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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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30 January 1922 (Finland)  »

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$2,334 (USA) (20 May 2016)

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$12,156 (USA) (19 August 2016)
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The film received a 2K restoration in 2016 by L'Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy, with most of the material coming from New York's Museum of Modern Art and some shots taken from a copy belonging to the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, in France. The titles were rebuilt by Munich's Film Museum, based on a Russian copy, with missing ones coming from archives in Prague and Brussels, while the lost colors take inspiration from contemporary films. See more »

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Lang Shows the Way
12 March 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I don't know why, but one of my favorite film genres is German Expressionism. Like American film noir, it creates a dark vision of human existence from which a flowering of truth unfolds. And this truth is not what the protagonist wants to hear and comes at a great price. I love this stuff.

I recently had the opportunity to view "Der Müde Tod" theatrically, and it was pure heaven. Billed as Fritz Lang's first big hit, it's easy to see why. Filled with lavish spectacle and special effects, the film still maintains it's human level. And such a story: a young newlywed husband is taken by Death on his honeymoon. As in a fairytale, the bride is able to confront Death and beg for you her husbands return. Death will grant her this if she can once cheat him of one who is about to die. She is given three chances to pull off this trick, which transport her to Persia, Venice and China. Death, her husband and herself are characters in each of these fanciful locales. All this leads back to a gripping finale in Germany where it all began.

As far as silent movies go, this is one of the best.


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