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Fritz Lang

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Fritz Lang, almost alone among his fellow continental refugees, was able to make outstanding films in both his native Germany and his adopted Hollywood. The director of Metropolis and M and Dr. Mabuse came to America in 1934 and began a long and distinguished career that included such films as You Only Live Once, The Woman in the Window, Scarlet Street, Ministry of Fear, R ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 22nd 1986 by Da Capo Press (first published 1977)
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Nicholas Mennuti
Lotte Eisner knows both Fritz Lang and the expressionist roots he sprang from (see her Haunted Screen as well). Her interest in Lang is primarily aesthetic and narrative, so anyone looking for bio will have to turn somewhere else. That said, her analysis of consistencies in both Lang's content and shooting style are worth reading. Hard to recommend for a casual film fan -- you've really got to want to know more than your standard bio will give you about Lang to dive into this one. Also would hel ...more
This must have been a nice monograph in hardcover what with all the glossy archival production pictures but the paperback edition brings Eisner's perfunctory film synopses and only adequate insights on Lang's cinema to the fore. Anyone seriously interested in Lang would do better to look into the Fritz Lang edition of the Conversations with Filmmakers series.
Oct 16, 2007 Tosh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Herzog lovers
This is a wonderful study on Fritz Lang's work by the no. 1 expert on German Expressionist cinema. Warner Herzog took a long walk from Munich to Paris to save her life. This book probably made him take the trip!
Feb 25, 2008 Zepp rated it 3 of 5 stars
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An intimate film by film account of Lang's career- a little too easy on the warts, but with lots of good facts and facts.
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She was born Lotte Henriette Eisner in Berlin as a daughter of a Jewish merchant and his wife. After studies in Berlin and Munich, from 1927 she worked as a theater and film critic for German newspapers. Among others, she wrote for Film-Kurier, a daily film newspaper published in Berlin.

In 1933 she fled from Germany to France to avoid the rising anti-Jewish persecution by the Nazis. During World W
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