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Lang's film is full of amazing special effects including a flying horse and flying carpet sequence which influenced Douglas Fairbanks when he made The Thief of Bagdad. However, it is the emotional atmosphere of the film which makes it truly memorable. Lang shows the desperation of the young woman and makes us care about her plight. But it is with his image of the compassionate Death that Lang really shows his originality. This is a Death wishing and willing to resurrect the dead and going as far as he can, because he cares about the woman and her fiancé also. Finally Death becomes a caring friend wrapping his arms around the couple. It is an ambiguous image, but one of great power.
The quality of the print used for this Image DVD is superb. It is colour tinted in a variety of shades and shows very little damage.Read more ›
With respect to the film itself, a previous reviewer has provided a marvelous narrative and thematic exposition of the film which I will not bother to repeat. Though one of Lang's lesser known works, Destiny is a truly groundbreaking and highly poetic piece of cinema. As with Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL, Fritz Lang's DESTINY (Der Mude Tod) succeeds in remythologizing familiar allegories and symbols of death and infusing them anew with eloquence and expressive force. Bunuel's confession that this film opened his eyes to "the poetic expressiveness of cinema" is not in the least bit hyperbolic
In sum, I highly recommend this DVD edition.
The stranger, of course, is Death, and within the walls of his `garden' reside the souls of the newly dead and the innumerable candles whose flames melt the tallow of all human life. Death attends the young man he is about to claim. The woman leaves the room for a moment, and when she returns the stranger and her beloved are gone. The woman gives chases, sees the shade of her beloved pass through the impassable wall to Death's garden. An old apothecary finds the distraught woman and shelters her in his pharmacy. The woman drinks a potion from an ancient bottle and is again in front of the walled garden - although now there is a door opening to a steep staircase. The woman enters and meets Death of the staircases. I want to go where my beloved is, the woman tells him.
Death strikes a bargain - if the woman can save the life of just one of three whose candle has grown short, he will return her fiancé to her.
I liked Fritz Lang's DESTINY (Der Müde Tod) a lot. Death's bargain plunges the movie into three episodes, as the actors playing the loving couple and Death reenact endangered love stories in Arab, Italian and Chinese settings. Lang employs primitive, and effective, tricks - camera angles, double exposures, etc. - to show the dead filing past the living, to make carpets fly and to transform pagoda into elephants. Underpinning it all is the fascinating struggle between Death and Love.Read more ›
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This edition (from Desert Island Films) is pirated -- music, translations, tints, and all -- from the DVD originally and legally published by Image Entertainment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Shepard
Really enjoyed this movie. Has been stated as being one of Alfred Hitchcocks all time favorite movies.Published 11 months ago by Adam Smith
The story is interesting - a bargain with Death, to restore the loved one take from her. She is assigned three tasks ...
Well, I won't spoil it for you. Read more
If you are familiar with Lang's other films, Destiny will bring you further appreciation of his art. Death is not a feared entity, but a tired, weary presence. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Jerome H. Rubin
This film is Ok for the history of film, but as a 'great film', I supose it was great 100 years ago. Not worth your money unless your a fanitacial film buff.Published on November 30, 2011 by fuzzy123
One of the greatest films ever made. Profoundly moving and beautifully done throughout. A young and bitterly grieving widow conspires with Death to cheat Fate in an attempt to... Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Billy
A young couple meets and falls in love.
Tragically, the woman loses her man.
Her love is strong, so she has the power to chase down death himself. Read more
Though this movie wasn't Fritz Lang's first, it was the one that catapulted him to fame.
And viewing this classic shows why. Read more
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