Fritz Lang: "The American Cinema" Entry (PANTHEON)

Fritz Lang's cinema is the cinema of the nightmare, the fable, and the philosophical dissertation. Lang’s apparent weaknesses are the consequences of his virtues. He has always lacked the arid sophistication lesser directors display to such advantage. Lang’s plots generally go inexplicably sour or sentimental at the very end. His characters never develop with any psychological precision, and his world lacks the details of verisimilitude that are so important to realistic critics. However, Lang's vision of the world is profoundly expressed by his visual forms. Where Renoir's La Bête Humaine is the tragedy of a doomed man caught up in the flow of life, Lang's remake, Human Desire, is the nightmare of an innocent man enmeshed in the tangled strands…

  • Destiny
  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge
  • Metropolis
  • Spies
  • M
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • Fury
  • You Only Live Once
  • You and Me
  • Man Hunt
  • Hangmen Also Die!
  • Ministry of Fear
  • The Woman in the Window
  • Scarlet Street
  • Cloak and Dagger
  • Secret Beyond the Door
  • House by the River
  • American Guerrilla in the Philippines
  • Rancho Notorious
  • Clash by Night
  • The Blue Gardenia
  • The Big Heat
  • Human Desire
  • Moonfleet
  • While the City Sleeps
  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  • The Tiger of Eschnapur
  • The Indian Tomb
  • Journey to the Lost City
  • The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse