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Fritz Lang: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)

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The films of Fritz Lang depict an entrapping, claustrophobic world in which people are controlled by larger forces. His overriding theme is the struggle against fate and against the traits of human nature that doom us.

His life and work spanned six decades of film history-from the silent era through the golden age of German Expressionism of the 1920s and the classic studio system in Hollywood to the rise of the international co-production. In Hollywood he worked for every major studio except Disney. He made blockbusters, modest B movies, and everything in between. Among his films are classics of German cinema-including Metropolis and M. In America he made some of the most notable crime movies (Fury), noir films (The Big Heat), and Westerns (The Return of Frank James) of the studio era. Despite the different time periods, nations, and genres in which he worked, his films remain stylistically consistent.

Lang (1890-1976), a notoriously difficult interviewee, granted relatively few interviews apart from short publicity exchanges in the promotion of his films. Fully aware of his public persona, he was a canny self-promoter who carefully constructed half-truths and myths about himself.

This fascinating collection covers his conversations about his life and his works over a period of forty years. They reveal how cinema for Lang was an intensely personal art. "For me," he said, "cinema is a vice. I love it intimately. I've often written that it is the art form of our century."

Barry Keith Grant, a professor of film studies and popular culture at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, is the author of Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman, co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary, and editor of The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film, Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video, and Film Genre Reader.

Synopsis:

A fascinating collection of interviews with the German-American filmmaker who directed Fury, The Big Heat, and The Return of Frank James.

Synopsis:

The films of Fritz Lang depict an entrapping, claustrophobic world in which people are controlled by larger forces. His overriding theme is the struggle against fate and against the traits of human nature that doom us.

His life and work spanned six decades of film history-from the silent era through the golden age of German Expressionism of the 1920s and the classic studio system in Hollywood to the rise of the international co-production. In Hollywood he worked for every major studio except Disney. He made blockbusters, modest B movies, and everything in between. Among his films are classics of German cinema-including Metropolis and M. In America he made some of the most notable crime movies (Fury), noir films (The Big Heat), and Westerns (The Return of Frank James) of the studio era. Despite the different time periods, nations, and genres in which he worked, his films remain stylistically consistent.

Lang (1890-1976), a notoriously difficult interviewee, granted relatively few interviews apart from short publicity exchanges in the promotion of his films. Fully aware of his public persona, he was a canny self-promoter who carefully constructed half-truths and myths about himself.

This fascinating collection covers his conversations about his life and his works over a period of forty years. They reveal how cinema for Lang was an intensely personal art. "For me," he said, "cinema is a vice. I love it intimately. I've often written that it is the art form of our century."

Synopsis:

Spans the forty-year career of a director of classics of silent film, German cinema, and the heyday of the Hollywood Studio system.

About the Author

Barry Keith Grant, a professor of film studies and popular culture at Brock University in St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada, is the author of Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman, co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary, and editor of The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film, Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video, and Film Genre Reader.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781578065776
Editor:
Grant, Barry Keith
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Editor:
Grant, Barry Keith
Author:
Grant, Barry Keith
Author:
Barry Keith
Author:
Grant
Location:
Jackson
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Austria
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Lang, Fritz
Subject:
Film Studies
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 248 pages University Press of Mississippi - English 9781578065776 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A fascinating collection of interviews with the German-American filmmaker who directed Fury, The Big Heat, and The Return of Frank James.
"Synopsis" by , The films of Fritz Lang depict an entrapping, claustrophobic world in which people are controlled by larger forces. His overriding theme is the struggle against fate and against the traits of human nature that doom us.

His life and work spanned six decades of film history-from the silent era through the golden age of German Expressionism of the 1920s and the classic studio system in Hollywood to the rise of the international co-production. In Hollywood he worked for every major studio except Disney. He made blockbusters, modest B movies, and everything in between. Among his films are classics of German cinema-including Metropolis and M. In America he made some of the most notable crime movies (Fury), noir films (The Big Heat), and Westerns (The Return of Frank James) of the studio era. Despite the different time periods, nations, and genres in which he worked, his films remain stylistically consistent.

Lang (1890-1976), a notoriously difficult interviewee, granted relatively few interviews apart from short publicity exchanges in the promotion of his films. Fully aware of his public persona, he was a canny self-promoter who carefully constructed half-truths and myths about himself.

This fascinating collection covers his conversations about his life and his works over a period of forty years. They reveal how cinema for Lang was an intensely personal art. "For me," he said, "cinema is a vice. I love it intimately. I've often written that it is the art form of our century."

"Synopsis" by , Spans the forty-year career of a director of classics of silent film, German cinema, and the heyday of the Hollywood Studio system.
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