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Fritz Lang : the nature of the beast

Author: Patrick McGilligan
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The name of Fritz Lang - the visionary director of Metropolis, M, Fury, The Big Heat, and thirty other unforgettable motion pictures - is hallowed the world over. But what lurks behind his greatest legends, and his genius as a filmmaker? Was he a closet Nazi in Germany, and later, a virtual Communist in America? Did he really refuse an offer from Hitler to become the Third Reich's "Fuhrer of film" before he fled to
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Fritz Lang; Fritz (Regisseur) Lang; Fritz Lang
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick McGilligan
ISBN: 0312132476 9780312132477 0312194544 9780312194543
OCLC Number: 35145803
Description: 548 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Other Titles: Nature of the beast
Responsibility: [by] Patrick McGilligan.

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The name of Fritz Lang - the visionary director of Metropolis, M, Fury, The Big Heat, and thirty other unforgettable motion pictures - is hallowed the world over. But what lurks behind his greatest legends, and his genius as a filmmaker? Was he a closet Nazi in Germany, and later, a virtual Communist in America? Did he really refuse an offer from Hitler to become the Third Reich's "Fuhrer of film" before he fled to the United States in the early 1930s, or was this oft-repeated anecdote the embroidered invention of an ingenious storyteller? Was Lang a sensitive and compassionate artist, as well as a lover of famous women (among them his Berlin compatriot Marlene Dietrich)? Or was he a sado-masochistic beast whose torturous on-set behavior was mirrored, off the job, in a sordid love life crowded with prostitutes and mistresses?

Did Fritz Lang, preoccupied with murder in his work, in fact kill his own first wife - who died mysteriously in his presence after catching him in the arms of the Nazi-leaning screenwriter who became his second wife? Patrick McGilligan spent four years in Europe and America, interviewing Lang's dying contemporaries, researching government and film archives, and investigating the life story of Fritz Lang. His definitive biography - the only such book on Lang, who encouraged publicity but discouraged the truth - reconstructs the fascinating, flawed human being behind the monster with the monocle.

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