Films of Fritz Lang Allegories of Vision and Modernity
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 2/1/2000
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
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|
|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|