Weimar Germany was a wonderfully creative place where talented individuals worked in a free atmosphere to produce cutting edge works. Germany was the world leader in the new film industry for much of the Weimar period yielding to Hollywood only in the last years of that era. The film director Fritz Lang was one of these creative figures.
Too busy to take over the direction of the first great Weimar film, "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari," he directed a series of popular and widely acclaimed films during the 1920’s. These included, in addition to a series based on the master criminal Dr. Mabuse, the films "M," "The Murderers Among Us" and the recently re-released ground-breaking "Metropolis." In his 1932 film, "The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse," "he resuscitated his supercriminal to mirror the obvious Mabuse traits of Hitler."* Although Hitler did not see or did not object to the comparison Lang made in his last Mabuse film, and asked Lang to make films for the Nazis, Lang chose to leave Germany in 1933 and work in Hollywood.
Links to Other Information About Fritz Lang on this Website:
- PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENT -- Movie: "Metropolis"
- TIMELINE EVENT -- 1926 - "Metropolis" Opens in Germany
Additional Web Resources on Fritz Lang:
- Metropolis. Kino International distributes the restored version of "Metropolis." This amazing site, created in Flash, has so much information on the movie.
Additional Print & Video Resources on Fritz Lang:
- Lotte H. Eisner,The Haunted Screen (University of California Press, Berkeley) 1952, 1965.
- Sigfried Kracauer, From Caligari to Hitler: a Psychological History of German Film
- (Princeton University Press) 1947, 1966.
*Sigfried Kracauer, From Caligari to Hitler: a Psychological History of German Film (Princeton University Press, 1947, 1966), 84.