Fritz Lang

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A dark visionary whose meditations on human loneliness where punctuated by a stark visual style and an obsessive work ethic, Austrian director Fritz Lang made a number of acclaimed silent and talkie films in Germany ... Read more »
Born: 12/05/1890 in Austria

Filmography

Director (32)

M 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Indian Tomb 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

While The City Sleeps 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Moonfleet 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Human Desire 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Heat 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blue Gardenia 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Clash By Night 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Rancho Notorious 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

House By the River 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Scarlet Street 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

The Woman in the Window 1943 (Movie)

(Director)

Hangmen Also Die 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

Fury 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse 1932 (Movie)

(Director)

Metropolis Restored 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

Metropolis 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Nibelungen 1923 (Movie)

(Director)

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler 1921 (Movie)

(Director)

Destiny 1920 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Spinnen 1919 (Movie)

(Director)

Liliom (Movie)

(Director)

Man Hunt (Movie)

(Director)

Ministry of Fear (Movie)

(Director)

Moontide (Movie)

(Director)

Secret Beyond the Door (Movie)

(Director)

The Return of Frank James (Movie)

(Director)

Western Union (Movie)

(Director)

You and Me (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (14)

M 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Indian Tomb 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Indian Tomb 1959 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

M 1951 (Movie)

from original screenplay (From Story)

Hangmen Also Die 1942 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Hangmen Also Die 1942 (Movie)

(From Story)

Fury 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Metropolis 1925 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Nibelungen 1923 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Destiny 1920 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Spinnen 1919 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Liliom (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Totentanz (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (5)

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scarlet Street 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hangmen Also Die 1942 (Movie)

(Producer)

Secret Beyond the Door (Movie)

(Producer)

You and Me (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (4)

The Exiles 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

75 Years of Cinema Museum 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Contempt 1964 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Other (3)

Splendor 1988 (Movie)

film extract("Metropolis" (1926)) (Other)

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

film extract("Metropolis" (1926)) (Other)

Android 1982 (Movie)

film extract("Metropolis" (1926)) (Other)

Biography

A dark visionary whose meditations on human loneliness where punctuated by a stark visual style and an obsessive work ethic, Austrian director Fritz Lang made a number of acclaimed silent and talkie films in Germany before fleeing the Nazis to become a noted practitioner of film noir in Hollywood. Lang's often fatalistic worldview was on full display early in his career with the silent epic "Metropolis" (1927), a stunning cinematic achievement that influenced countless science fiction films throughout the decades. With "M" (1931), his first movie with sound, he crafted a dark and disturbing tale that introduced the wider world to actor Peter Lorre. After fleeing the Nazis following "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" (1933), Lang found his way to Hollywood, where he began a long tenure directing a variety of genres, though ultimately specializing in film noir like "Fury" (1936). He tried his hand at the Western with "The Return of Frank James" (1940) and "Western Union" (1941), both of which proved exceedingly popular with audiences, before returning his focus almost exclusively on noirs like "The Woman in the Window" (1944) and "Scarlet Street" (1945). Following another popular Western, "Rancho Notorious" (1952), starring Marlene Dietrich, Lang directed "The Big Heat" (1953), a classic film noir long considered on of the best ever made in the genre. He made only a few more films for Hollywood before returning to Germany, where he ended his career on a soft note with "The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse" (1960). Despite living out the remainder of his life in relative quiet, Lang was later championed by a wide swath of filmmakers like Jean-Luc Goddard, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese for his pioneering vision and profound impact on the art of filmmaking.

Relationships

Anton Lang

Father

Lily Latte

Wife
Married 1971 until his death August 1976

Lisa Rosenthal

Wife
Married 1919 until her death 1920

Paula Schlesinger

Mother
Jewish later converted to Catholicism

Thea Von Harbou Screenplay

Wife
She co-wrote Lang's films

EDUCATION

Realschule

Riga 1901
local secondary school; specialized in architecture

Technische Hochshule

1908

Vienna Academy of Graphic Arts

Volksschule

local primary school

Academie Julien

Paris

School of Arts and Crafts

studied under Julius Dietz

Milestones

1960

Last film directed "Die tausend Augen des Dr. Mabuse/The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse"

1960

Last role as actor in "Le Mepris/Contempt" (Jean-Luc Godard film; Lang played himself)

1956

Last American film directed "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"

1952

Last Western directed (for RKO) "Rancho Notorious"

1948

Diana Productions went bankrupt

1943

Co-founded production company Diana Productions

1940

First color film and Western as director "The Return of Frank James" (for Fox)

1936

Contract with MGM not renewed

1935

Became American citizen

1934

Hired as director by David O Selznick, MGM

1934

Left Paris

1933

Refused work as director of Nazi propaganda films; left Germany for Paris

1928

Founded production company Fritz-Lang-Films (released through UFA)

1920

Left Decla; signed with Joe May as director for "Das Wandernde Bild/The Wandering Image" (no longer exists)

1920

Left May; returned to Decla (merged to become Decla-Bioscop)

1920

Rights to "Der Mude Tod/Destiny" bought by Douglas Fairbanks

1919

Film directing debut with "Halbblut/The Half-Caste" (also screenwriter; no longer exists)

1918

Hired as screenwriter, Decla film company (Berlin)

1917

First filmscripts sold "Die Hochzeit im Exzentrikklub/The Wedding in the Eccentric Club" and "Hilde Warren und der Tod/Hilde Warren and Death"

1917

Film acting debut (as "Death") in "Hilde Warren und der Tod/Hilde Warren and Death"

1916

Lost vision in right eye; discharged (as lieutenant)

1909

Left home

Served with German army during WWI

Ended association with UFA

Bonus Trivia

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Lang's fourth film "Harakiri" (1919), long thought to have been lost, was uncovered in a Dutch film archive in the 1980s and restored. It was shown in L.A. as part of a 2001 retrospective of the director's work.

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