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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
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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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The Movie That Inspired Hitchcock and Bunuel! (2016)


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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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Douglas Fairbanks bought the American rights to the film for $5000. He had no intention to release it, but so admired its technical effects, he wanted them copied for his upcoming "The Thief of Bagdad." See more »

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Junge Maedchen: You dread, awful cactus, you!
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Fables told in shadows
21 February 2001 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

Wonderfully haunting in its images, this early Lang film has recently been reissued on DVD under the title Destiny. A title I have heard about for years, it is a pleasure to see it in a finely restored format that does justice to its beauty. The film is made up of four stories, a framing sequence and three historical vignettes, related by the central theme of a woman trying to defy Death to save her lover. While the plots are simple, the telling is astonishing in vision and execution and each of the four stories has a distinctive, entertaining tone -- the brooding expressionistic framing piece, a tale of Arabian adventure, a Renaissance romance, and a comic Chinese fantasy. I found the Chinese segment especially entertaining and some of the images -- such as the old magician transformed into a cactus -- are incredibly surreal and surprising 80 years after they were filmed. Interesting as the film that made Lang famous and very entertaining in its own right, I would recommend this film to anyone who likes cinema of the imagination.


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