Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:30 pm ET (75-90 minutes)
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI
Fritz Lang left an indelible mark on the history of cinema, with a filmography spanning from the German silent era to the Golden Age of Hollywood. This seminar will focus on the second half of Lang’s career, where, starting in the mid-1930s, the international superstar director found himself enmeshed in the machinery of the Hollywood studio system. Lang was part of a larger exodus of European directors who left the continent amid the rise of fascism, taking with him a sense of disillusionment and alienation that would inform his American filmography and richly contribute to the film noir cycle of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Lang’s preoccupations with the themes of fate, justice, class, and the corruption of society and its institutions are reflected in films like Fury (1936), Scarlet Street (1945), and The Big Heat (1953), which stand apart, even today, for their unconventional, unflinching vision. Join us to explore the dark, complex, and varied latter half of Lang’s exceptional career.
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