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German Film, German History

Fritz Lang Retrospective

The New York Times has a great article about a retrospective featuring German filmmaker Fritz Lang’s American films. Last semester students in German 200 watched Lang’s two classics, “Metropolis” and “M“. Made in Germany before Lang’s emigration to the US, these two films are often credited as having founded the genres of science-fiction and the film noir. A prolific but controversial director during his Hollywood career, Lang filmed with stars such as Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

For those interested in Lang’s biography, here is part 1 of a documentary (in German):

Here are the opening credits of Lang’s “Hangman also die,” a film about the events following the assassination of National Socialist Reinhard Heydrich (listen to the great music by German composer Hanns Eisler and look for the name Bert Brecht–he co-wrote the script with Lang during his exile in Hollywood).

For clips from some of Lang’s other films-:



About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.


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