He was born 126 years ago, before sci-fi films, serial killer movies and film noir were invented. He’d help invent them all. Fritz Lang was one of the giants of cinema, and these 10 films find him at the top of his game.
Lang, from the beginning of his career to the end, was the sort of filmmaker whose art was his craft.
Mythical heroes, sacrificing heroines, criminal madmen and uncontrolled super-science are his themes; it’s a paranoid’s view of the first half of the 20th Century, expressed with fantastic innovations that literally re-write the rules of cinema.
A history of Lang's 22 films produced over 20 years in Hollywood
The first true epic scale director, or blockbuster style director, was German director and screenwriter Fritz Lang
The Dark side of Lang's work
Fritz Lang is widely regarded as the creator of the film noir genre.
M: The Blueprint for The Serial Killer
The Influence of Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ on Future Science Fiction Films
Fritz Lang’s "SPIES" (1928) anticipates the master spy thriller and the romantic intrigues of Graham Greene, not to mention much of the paraphernalia of Ian Fleming, especially in their movie versions.
From playing with Death to finding a lost Incan civilisation,"THE SPIDERS" (1919) and "DESTINY (1921) are bursting with adventure and intrigue.
Fritz Lang's 2-part silent film of 1924, Die Nibelungen, is an epic masterpiece of German fantasy cinema from the 1920s.