© Belle Epoque Films / Tim Fulda
© Belle Epoque Films / Tim Fulda

Fri. Nov. 10, 2017 6:00 PM - Fritz Lang Night
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco

104 mins. Germany (2016). Digital Projection. German w/ English subtitles.

Director: Gordian Maugg
Starring: Heino Ferch, Thomas Thieme, Samuel Finzi, Johanna Gastdorf, Lisa Charlotte Friederich
Screenplay: Gordian Maugg, Alexander Häusser
Cinematography: Lutz Reitemeier, Moritz Anton
Editing: Florentine Bruck, Olivia Retzer
Producer: Nicole Ringhut
World Sales: Wide House, Paris

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Official Selection, 2016 Rome Cinema Fest

Original and inventive on every level, this luridly enticing narrative is not your average reality-based biopic. Director Gordian Mauggs story about the legendary filmmaker attempts to make sense on a level other than that of the real world. Dont believe any of the facts depicted, just look at the emotional truth behind the tales of the filmmaker with the outsize personality and the arch monocle. Fritz Lang attempts to show the toast of Berlin in a moment of self-doubt, moved from his big budget epic extravaganzas of the 1920s, like the Dr. Mabuse films, the Niebelungen films and Metropolis, to films that examined a single person. That pivotal film was M, the birth of film noir, an unprecedented psychological dissection of a depraved child murderer. Was M an oblique critique of Weimar Germany or a daring experiment that began cinemas fascination with the cruelty and darkness lurking in the human psyche? Lang, forever tagged in Germany as a Jew because his mother was born a Jew, divorced his Nazi-convert wife and screenwriter Thea von Harbou and fled to the United States in 1934. His filmic output thereafter was grade-A noir. The moment when he went from epic mythology to the empty darkness of perversion, is a moment to be fully considered. - San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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