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Films of Fritz Lang Allegories of Vision and Modernity

ISBN-10: 0851707432
ISBN-13: 9780851707433
Edition: 2000
Authors: Tom Gunning
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 2/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

In this remarkable new study, the renowned historian and theorist of early cinema turns his attention to the work of Fritz Lang, proposing new readings of the entire output of one of cinema's foremost directors. Gunning examines the films not only as a stylistically coherent body of work, but as an attempt to portray the modern world through cinema. The world of modernity in which systems replace individuals is conveyed by Lange's mastery of cinematic set design, composition, and editing. Lang presents not only a decades-long vision of cinematic narrative that can be compared to that of Alfred Hitchcock or Jean Renoir, but a view of modernity that relates strongly to the ideas of Adorno, Brecht, Benjamin, and Kracauer. From the sweeping allegorical films of the '20s to the chilly and abstract thrillers of the '50s, Fritz Lang's films, Gunning claims, are among the most precious records of the twentieth century.The Films of Fritz Langimmeasurably enriches our understanding of a great artist who fades away even in being recognized and interpreted, an enigmatic figure at the junction of aesthetics, history, biography and theory.

Tom Gunning is professor in the Department of Art History and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Standing Outside the Films - Emblems
Reading the Text of Death - Lang's Silent Allegories: Der Mude Tod (1921), Die Nibelungen (1924), Metropolis (1927)
The Marchen: Der Mude Tod - Death and the Maiden
The Decay of Myth: Siegfried's Death, Kriemhild's Revenge
Metropolis: The Dance of Death
The Mastery of Crime - Lang's Urban Thrillers: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), Spies (1928), The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1932)
Mabuse, Grand Enunciator: Control and Co-ordination
Haghi
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Hinge - M (1931)
M: The City Haunted by Demonic Desire
Fritz Lang's America - The Social Trilogy: Fury (1936), You Only Live Once (1937), You and Me (1938)
You Ought to Be in Pictures: Liliom and Fury
You Only Live Once
You and Me
Framing Desire: The Woman in the Window (1944), Scarlet Street (1945), The Secret Beyond the Door (1948), House by the River (1950)
The Woman in the Window: Cycles of Desire
Scarlet Street: Life Is a Nightmare
Secret Beyond the Door. Broken Frames and Piercing Gazes
Coda: House by the River
The 50s Exposes and Lang's Last Testament: The Blue Gardenia (1953), The Big Heat (1953), While the City Sleeps (1955), Beyond a Reasonable doubt (1956), The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)
The Blue Gardenia
The Big Heat
While the city Sleeps/Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
The Circle Closes on the Last Mabuse
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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