Film Studies

Remote Classroom:
Introducing Fritz Lang I: In Germany

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6:30 pm ET (75-90 minutes)  
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI

Austrian director Fritz Lang’s monumental career spanned multiple countries, genres, and film movements while maintaining an unusually strong thematic and aesthetic consistency. This seminar will focus on the first period of Lang’s career, in Germany during the Weimar Republic. There, he collaborated with his second wife, screenwriter Thea von Harbou, on visionary silent epics like Die Nibelungen (1924) and Metropolis (1927), and made one of the first sound masterpieces in German cinema, M (1931). At the height of this phase of his career, Lang was arguably the most famous director in all of Europe. But his worldview increasingly came into conflict with the rising Nazi regime, causing Lang to flee to America, where he would start his next chapter. Join us to explore the formative, fantastical, and sublime first part of Lang’s career.

Students will receive email confirmation of their registration immediately, and another email with instructions for joining the class via Zoom about 24 hours before the lecture. Please be sure to check your clutter/junk/spam folders for these emails. If you cannot locate these emails, please email us.

Course Information

$15 for members, $20 for non-members

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  • Tuesday, February 23 · 6:30 pm