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      Fritz Lang

      Fritz Lang

      Highest Rated: 100% Rancho Notorious (1952)

      Lowest Rated: 58% Human Desire (1954)

      Birthday: Dec 5, 1890

      Birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary

      A dark visionary whose meditations on human loneliness were punctuated by a stark visual style and an obsessive work ethic, Austrian director Fritz Lang made a number of acclaimed silent and talkie films in Germany before fleeing the Nazis to become a noted practitioner of film noir in Hollywood. Lang's often fatalistic worldview was on full display early in his career with the silent epic "Metropolis" (1927), a stunning cinematic achievement that influenced countless science fiction films throughout the decades. With "M" (1931), his first movie with sound, he crafted a dark and disturbing tale that introduced the wider world to actor Peter Lorre. After fleeing the Nazis following "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" (1933), Lang found his way to Hollywood, where he began a long tenure directing a variety of genres, though ultimately specializing in film noir like "Fury" (1936). He tried his hand at the Western with "The Return of Frank James" (1940) and "Western Union" (1941), both of which proved exceedingly popular with audiences, before returning his focus almost exclusively on noirs like "The Woman in the Window" (1944) and "Scarlet Street" (1945). Following another popular Western, "Rancho Notorious" (1952), starring Marlene Dietrich, Lang directed "The Big Heat" (1953), a classic film noir long considered on of the best ever made in the genre. He made only a few more films for Hollywood before returning to Germany, where he ended his career on a soft note with "The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse" (1960). Despite living out the remainder of his life in relative quiet, Lang was later championed by a wide swath of filmmakers like Jean-Luc Goddard, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese for his pioneering vision and profound impact on the art of filmmaking.

      Highest rated movies

      92% Contempt

      Photos

      CONTEMPT, (aka LE MEPRIS), Fritz Lang, Brigitte Bardot, Giorgia Moll, 1963 CONTEMPT, (aka LE MEPRIS), Michel Piccoli, Brigitte Bardot with Fritz Lang book, 1963 SCARLET STREET, from left: director Fritz Lang, Edward G. Robinson, on set, 1945 SCARLET STREET, from left: director Fritz Lang, Joan Bennett, costume designer Travis Banton, on set, 1945 METROPOLIS, director Fritz Lang (drums), Brigitte Helm (saxophone) having fun on set, 1927 HUMAN DESIRE, tea-time on the set, with director Fritz Lang, (left), Edgar Buchanan (second from left), Glenn Ford, (seated, right), 1954 SCARLET STREET, from left: director Fritz Lang, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Kemper, on set, 1945 WESTERN UNION, from left, Randolph Scott, Robert Young, director Fritz Lang, (in dark shirt, standing on camera dolly), 1941, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved METROPOLIS, director Fritz Lang (kneeling) and crew filming Brigitte Helm (right) on set, 1927 HANGMEN ALSO DIE, Col. Hurban, Anna Lee, Director Fritz Lang,Soviet Ambassador Maxim Litvinov at the premiere in New York, 1943 WOMAN IN THE MOON, (aka FRAU IM MOND),Gerda Maurus, director Fritz Lang on set, 1929

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 95% The Complete Metropolis Director - 2010
      No Score Yet 77% Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis Director - 2002
      92% 85% Contempt Fritz Lang (Character) $247.8K 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey to the Lost City Director - 1960
      88% 72% The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1960
      88% 60% The Tiger of Bengal Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1959
      88% 57% The Indian Tomb Director - 1959
      68% 56% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Director - 1956
      91% 66% While the City Sleeps Director - 1956
      69% 70% Moonfleet Director - 1955
      58% 73% Human Desire Director - 1954
      85% 62% The Blue Gardenia Director - 1953
      94% 90% The Big Heat Director - 1953
      100% 69% Rancho Notorious Director - 1952
      65% 69% Clash by Night Director - 1952
      67% 25% American Guerrilla in the Philippines Director - 1950
      60% 70% House by the River Director - 1950
      60% 54% Secret Beyond the Door Director,
      Producer
      - 1948
      80% 43% Cloak and Dagger Director - 1946
      100% 87% Scarlet Street Director,
      Producer
      - 1945
      81% 74% Ministry of Fear Director - 1944
      85% 83% The Woman in the Window Director - 1944
      87% 68% Hangmen Also Die Director,
      Producer
      - 1943
      93% 75% Man Hunt Director - 1941
      86% 60% Western Union Director - 1941
      83% 47% The Return of Frank James Director - 1940
      86% 65% You and Me Director,
      Producer
      - 1938
      100% 78% You Only Live Once Director - 1937
      94% 88% Fury Director - 1936
      100% 77% Liliom Director,
      Writer
      - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse Director - 1933
      86% 90% The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1933
      100% 95% M Director,
      Writer
      $29.6K 1931
      78% 71% Woman in the Moon Director,
      Producer
      - 1929
      95% 82% Spies Director,
      Writer
      - 1928
      97% 92% Metropolis Director,
      Writer
      $1.2M 1927
      92% 91% Siegfried Director - 1924
      89% 85% Kriemhild's Revenge Director - 1924
      No Score Yet 81% Die Niebelungen Director - 1923
      94% 87% Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1922
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime Director - 1922
      No Score Yet 50% Four Around a Woman Director,
      Writer
      - 1921
      80% 88% Destiny Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Film Editing
      $12.2K 1921
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Indian Tomb Writer - 1921
      No Score Yet 20% The Wandering Image Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1920
      No Score Yet 30% Spiders, Part 2: The Diamond Ship (Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff, Die) Director - 1920
      No Score Yet 25% Madame Butterfly Director - 1919
      100% 60% The Spiders Director,
      Writer
      - 1919