Born in Vienna in 1890, Fritz Lang was brought up in Viennese middle-class comfort by his Roman Catholic father Anton and his Jewish mother Paula Schleisinger who both hoped that young Fritz would become an architect. But like so many middle-class children of the new century, Lang was fascinated by the pulp and fantasy literature of his day, the art world both in and outside Vienna and a potent new form of entertainment that invited artistic scrutiny and craftsmanship, the motion picture. Though the teenaged Lang attended school as his parents wished, he secretly haunted the cafe’s and cabarets of Vienna and intended to become a painter like his idols Klimt and Schile. At aged 21 Lang’s yearning took him to Paris where he lived in Bohemian splendor until the outbreak of W.W.I. Returning to Vienna, Lang enlisted in the Austrian army where he repeatedly saw combat, was wounded at least three times and decorated twice.
It was while on leave recuperating from one of these wounds… read more
Part Two of Lang's Indian Epic continues from Part One's cliffhanger conclusion and the love triangle is eventually resolved in an entirely predictable but satisfying ending. The leisurely pace of the first film picks up considerably and there are many highlights along the way, particularly Paget's exotic dance. After this Lang made another Dr. Mabuse film and then retired, thus ending a great directorial career.....
The little-known connection between Fritz Lang and New German Cinema master Alexander Kluge.