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Old 09-05-2020, 02:32 PM   #11
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Wow, just finished watching the Fritz Lang Silent films collection (albeit I skipped most of his early dramas, I watched Spiders and then skipped to Destiny).

I had only ever seen Metropolis (and M, which i'm about to rewatch next) so this was pretty much new to me. And wow, what an incredible succession of amazing movies. Spiders was definitely more of a blueprint for what he'd do later on but starting with Destiny till Woman in the moon, they were all masterpieces, imo. Especially Die Nibelungen and Metropolis. It also helps the soundtrack for both of those were spectacular, miles ahead of the other subpar tracks for the other movies. While I liked the first part of Die Nibelungen, I was blow away by the second part. Incredible action pieces and I was rooting for Kriemhild's revenge the entire time (except when she put her own child in deadly danger, obviously...).

I had enjoyed Metropolis the first time I saw it but it was with a few friends and I was slightly disappointed back then, probably because I had seen Tezuka's anime version before and always enjoyed that one. But watching it in the right context and in my Lang Marathon, I fell in love with it. The visuals are just phenomenal. And wow, what a score!

I was a bit disappointed by Spione, the hero at the start of the movie is just so cool but then, instead of going forward on his mission to stop the evil criminal, he spends nearly the whole movie running after a woman who he fell in love with after just one day. He is absolutely obsessed, putting everything at risk and it bored me a bit. The ending was great at least and I ended the movie a lot more satisfied.
But it was Woman in the moon that surprised me the most, I was expecting a pure fantasy about a woman living on the moon going by the title haha and here comes this very slow and interesting sci-fi movies that was so much more impressive. It was also the one movie of Lang that I was moved at the end, with the main character finding the woman he loves waiting for him on the moon. Who knew i'd turn into such a sap for a silent movie ending lol.

Up next i'm watching his last two German movies, M and Testament and then i'm jumping into his Hollywood movies, which honestly don't interest me as much but i'm going in mostly blind and i'm hoping to be surprised (i've got 13 of his Hollywood movies, going mostly by what people recommended here and what I saw while surfing the web). I'll end my marathon with his last Mabuse movie (i'm skipping his two Indian epics, honestly they don't seem that good. I might watch them if you guys recommend them but i can't say i'm that excited).

Took me years but i'm finally discovering why Fritz Lang was such a genius director.
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