Fritz Lang

Austrian-american Film Director + Screenwriter + Producer + Actor
Born Dec 5, 1890

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

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Fritz Lang.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Fritz Lang.


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


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


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.


1921 30 Years Old She and Lang co-wrote all of his movies from 1921 through 1933, including Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (Dr. Mabuse the Gambler; 1922), which ran for over four hours in two parts in the original version and was the first in the Dr. Mabuse trilogy, the five-hour Die Nibelungen (1924), the famous 1927 film Metropolis, the science fiction film Woman in the Moon (1929), and the 1931 classic, M, his first "talking" picture. … Read More


1932 41 Years Old 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


1945 54 Years Old Lang's film titled in 1945 as Scarlet Street is considered a central film in the genre. … Read More


1963 72 Years Old …  In 1963, he appeared as himself in Jean-Luc Godard's film Contempt. … Read More
1976 86 Years Old Lang died in 1976 and was interred in the Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.