Destiny (Der Mude Tod – 1921 Germany) Cert. PG – silent film

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke

In Lang’s Der Mude Tod (literally The Weary Death) Death (Goetzke) pays a visit and takes the fiancé (Janssen) of a young woman (Dagover). 

Death offers her a challenge.  She can save his life if she can change destiny and save one of three lives with the power of love.

And so we are transported to episodes set in Arabia, Venice and the Chinese Empire (the film was originally shown in 3 parts) as she takes the part of three other women trying to rescue their men from mortal danger.

Making a “special impression” on Alfred Hitchcock, and with a newly composed orchestral score, this meticulously restored silent movie is an early classic by the great director Lang (Metropolis, M).

 

Understandably there is no relevant, linkable Review for a film released nearly 100 years ago, but Silent London celebrates the (limited) theatrical release of this restored copy.

 

The Silent London link includes a link to the ‘official’ Trailer for the restoration, while an alternative (and slower paced) trailer can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 18th July 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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News Update 16 July 2017

There’s a rare chance on Tuesday to see legendary German director Fritz Lang’s first masterpiece Destiny (Der Müde Tod). Death, here portrayed as a sympathetic character, steals a young woman’s fiancé and challenges her to save one of three lives by the power of love. In scenes of stunning visual brilliance, we’re taken to Arabia, Venice and Imperial China. Look out for the ‘Candleroom’ sequence – according to one critic, ‘a moment of floating beauty and surreal grace’. This 1921 silent classic has been meticulously restored and features a newly-composed orchestral score. For anyone interested in the genre, Destiny is an exceptional and rewarding treat.

A handful of tickets are still available for My Cousin Rachel on Thursday afternoon, which is a screening with subtitles for people with a hearing loss. The repeat showing on Wednesday 2 August at 7.30pm has almost sold out at the time of writing. Read more………………