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Fritz Lang

Austrian-american Film Director + Screenwriter + Producer + Actor
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Born Dec 5, 1890
Hometown Vienna
Died Aug 2, 1976
Death Place Beverly Hills, Ca...
Other Names Lang, Friedrich A...

Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang was an Austrian-American filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor. One of the best known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

Fritz Lang himself was baptized on 28 December 1890 at the Schottenkirche in Vienna. … Read More

TEENAGE

1910 19 Years Old After finishing school, Lang briefly attended the Technical University of Vienna, where he studied civil engineering and eventually switched to art. In 1910 he left Vienna to see the world, traveling throughout Europe and Africa and later Asia and the Pacific area. … Read More

TWENTIES

1916 25 Years Old At the outbreak of World War I, Lang returned to Vienna and volunteered for military service in the Austrian army and fought in Russia and Romania, where he was wounded three times. While recovering from his injuries and shell shock in 1916, he wrote some scenarios and ideas for films.
1918 27 Years Old He was discharged from the army with the rank of lieutenant in 1918 and did some acting in the Viennese theater circuit for a short time before being hired as a writer at Decla, Erich Pommer's Berlin-based production company. … Read More
1920 29 Years Old In 1920, he met his future wife, the writer and actress Thea von Harbou.

THIRTIES

1921 30 Years Old She and Lang co-wrote all of his movies from 1921 through 1933, including 1922's Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (Dr. Mabuse the Gambler), which ran for over four hours in two parts in the original version and was the first in the Dr. Mabuse trilogy, 1924's five-hour Die Nibelungen, the famous 1927 film Metropolis, and the 1931 classic, M, his first "talking" picture. … Read More

FORTIES

1931 40 Years Old In 1931, after Woman in the Moon, Lang directed what many film scholars consider to be his masterpiece: M, a disturbing story of a child murderer (Peter Lorre in his first starring role) who is hunted down and brought to rough justice by Berlin's criminal underworld. … Read More
1932 41 Years Old 1 More Event
At the end of 1932, Lang started filming The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. … Read More
1934 43 Years Old Lang left Germany in 1934 and moved to Paris after his marriage to Thea von Harbou, who stayed behind, ended in 1933. … Read More
1939 48 Years Old Lang became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1976 86 Years Old While his career had ended without fanfare, his American and later German works were championed by the critics of the Cahiers du cinéma. Lang died in 1976 and was interred in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. … Read More
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