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Conference by Jean Douchet: Fritz Lang


Source: Deutsches Filminstitut, Frankfurt



Discovering one of the essential filmmakers in cinema history: Fritz Lang, the Austrian author who immigrated to the US and then returned briefly in Europe, is part of the constellation of films presented in this year's retrospective. Der Tiger von Eschnapur (The Tiger of Eschnapur, 1959) and Das indische Grabmal (The Indian Tomb, 1959) marked the return of the director in Europe, but have been largely misunderstood by critics of the time: shock and disgust were aimed at the director, stuck in an adventure film with fake and exotic locations. A voice rose to support Lang’s choice: Jean Douchet, who, from the pages of the Cahiers du Cinéma, started from the apparent anomaly of the films to go and discover the coherent poetic of Lang. "To understand what is cinema all you need is to watch the last films of Lang’s career, between America and Europe: The Big Heat (1953), Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), Der Tiger von Eschnapur, Das indische Grabmal, up to Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, 1960) ", says Douchet, who will give a lecture on the subject on Sunday, August 7 (Palavideo, 15.30). "Lang was trained as an architect, and you can see it in the construction of his films – where he goes from the stillness of the image to the exploration of the movement - gradually able to free himself from this precise geometry to leave room for abstraction". An aesthetic introduction to the author that could be "the exploration of one of the possible paths of this year’s retrospective” says Roberto Turigliatto, who will conduct the lecture. 


Daniela Persico

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