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Fritz Lang: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) Paperback – October 1, 2003
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---show Lang to be one of the film greats of German Expressionism, with such silent-film classics as Metropolis (1927) and M (1931).
---include several interviews translated from German and published in English for the first time.
---demonstrate how Lang, in Hollywood, worked with every major studio except Disney, directing films that range from blockbusters (The Big Heat with Lee Marvin and Gloria Grahame) to modest B movies. His films depict an entrapping, claustrophobic world in which people are controlled by larger forces and struggle vainly against fate and against personal doom
---show him to be a notoriously difficult to interview, evasive, prevaricating, sometimes caustic, autocratic
---range over a period of forty years
Top Customer Reviews
The earliest interview comes from 1945, but the bulk of the interviews are from the Sixties and early Seventies, after Lang had retired from filmmaking. However, he hadn't retired from thinking about film. While his comments on his own works are very interesting, what amazed and pleasantly surprised me was that he was willing to talk about the New German Cinema of the Seventies, "Deep Throat," and the impact of TV on movies.
Fritz Lang has the reputation of being a one-dimensional martinet. However, the interviews collected here reveal a complex man with an unexpected breadth of interests. It leaves the reader wishing he could have known Fritz Lang and envying those who did.