Lang’s breathlessly plotted and often playful thriller has Detective No. 326 (Willy Fritsch) attempting to thwart a seemingly respectable, wheelchair-bound master criminal (Rudolf Klein-Rogge). An extraordinary mix of modernism and pulp, Lang’s last great silent film deftly utilises montage and bold mise-en-scène to organise fast-paced, overlapping plot intrigues into a lucid pattern brimming with suspense. Based on a novel and co-scripted by Lang’s wife and close collaborator Thea von Harbou, it co-stars Lupu Pick.
Also screening on Wed 18 May
Fritz Lang (1890–1976) was a master of both expressionism and film noir whose career spanned almost 50 years, taking him from the vibrant and highly influential German studio system of the pre-Nazi era to many of the Hollywood majors. Often described as a film director’s director, Lang was a virtuoso of the moving image...
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