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Destiny (1921)

Der müde Tod (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller | 30 January 1922 (Finland)
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When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

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Fritz Lang
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernhard Goetzke ... Death / Der Tod / El Mot / Bogner / Archer
Lil Dagover ... Young Woman / Das junge Mädchen / Zobeide / Monna Fiametta / Tiao Tsien
Walter Janssen ... Young Man / Der junge Mann / Franke / Giovan Francesco / Liang
Hans Sternberg Hans Sternberg ... Mayor / Bürgermeister
Karl Rückert Karl Rückert ... Reverend (as Carl Rückert)
Max Adalbert ... Notary / Notar / Schatzmeister / Chancellor
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Doctor / Arzt
Erich Pabst Erich Pabst ... Teacher / Lehrer
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Pharmacist / Apotheker
Hermann Picha Hermann Picha ... Taylor / Schneider
Paul Rehkopf Paul Rehkopf ... Grave-Digger / Küster
Max Pfeiffer Max Pfeiffer ... Night Watchman / Nachtwächter
Georg John ... Beggar / Bettler
Lydia Potechina ... Landlady / Wirtin
Grete Berger Grete Berger ... Mother / Mutter
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Storyline

As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death and is sequestered behind a huge doorless, windowless wall. The woman finds a mystic entrance and is met by Death, who tells her three separate stories set in exotic locales, all involving circumstances similar to hers. In each story, a woman, trying to save her lover from his ultimate tragic fate, fails. The young lady realizes the meaning of the tales and takes the only step she can to reunite herself with her lover. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The Movie That Inspired Hitchcock and Bunuel! (2016)


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 January 1922 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Weary Death See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,334, 22 May 2016

Gross USA:

$12,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,156
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Production Co:

Decla-Bioscop AG See more »
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Runtime:

| | (2016 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film that first sparked surrealist director Luis Buñuel's interest in film. See more »

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Junge Maedchen: You dread, awful cactus, you!
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Alternate Versions

DVD "Destiny (Der müd Tod)" (c) 2000 by Film Preservation Associates, with English titles and inter-titles by Ulrich Ruedel, tinted with added musical score, running at 99 minutes. See more »

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Good Film
28 January 2012 | by tylerp-275-916754See all my reviews

This should be a lesson to the movie makers of today who have at their disposal a range of special effects other directors never had, but they use them for moronic ideas. Der Mude Tod is amazing not for its camera tricks (such as double exposure) or for their filters that give the image a certain tint to make it more revealing, but for the brilliant use of these techniques in order to achieve an aesthetic ideal. German expressionism started to fascinate me after seeing The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, and then I went on to see some other movies that are loosely gathered under this label. Der mude Tod may not be as spectacular as Metrtopolis but it has the power to work on many levels as well. It's hard to place this in a genre, the IMDb thought it a fantasy but it is clearly more, it's romance, drama, and even a thriller in some moments. The story is a perfect example of the expressive possibilities of cinema, as the lead characters are used in three different stories connected in a larger fourth story. Just like Dr. Caligari there's more than meets the eye with the movie even if it does get a bit childish sometimes. Speaking of which, I think that the sets are constructed as if from the imagination of a child, they are definitely not "historically accurate". This goes to show you that producers today waste their money on accuracy leaving aside storytelling and good film making. And this is for the worst. And speaking of producers it is really a pity that when he came in America Lang made all those noirs and westerns. Some of them are good, because the direction is generally well done, but I think Lang could have used his talents on better scripts.


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