Destiny (Der müde Tod)

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Fritz Lang was a stickler for realism in his American films; not so his German silents, which were fanciful to the point of being fairy tales. Der Müde Tod, Lang's first big critical success, is an allegorical tale of love, fidelity and death. The heroine (Lil Dagover), who in her dreams is confronted by Mr. Death, argues for the life of her beloved, but is unable to make the personal sacrifices that Death insists upon. Originally presented in three parts, Der Müde Tod was often boiled down to a single film for its non-German showings. Its English-language titles range from The Weary Death to Between Two Worlds to Beyond the Wall to Destiny. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Bernhard Goetzke
as Bogner, Der Tod, El Mot
Lil Dagover
as Junge Maedchen, Tiaotsien, Zobeide, Fiametta
Walter Janssen
as Der junge Mann, Francesco, Franke, Liang
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
as Derwisch, Girolamo
Hermann Picha
as Schneider
Georg John
as Bettler
Paul Rehkopf
as Kuester
Max Adalbert
as Notar/Schatzmeister
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Critic Reviews for Destiny (Der müde Tod)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (2)

  • It's a grim dirge masquerading as a moralistic fable.

    Jun 8, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It is bizarre and captivating, an eerie dream of longing and fear.

    Jun 8, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Even before he was punching out canonical classics, Fritz Lang's genius was supremely evident.

    Jun 7, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This one will haunt your dreams.

    Jun 5, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is one of three very remarkable German productions (the other two, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Street, will be released shortly) that are bound, sooner or later, to effect radical changes in the standards of film-making.

    Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Visionary filmmaking, the work of an artist exploring the possibilities of a new and burgeoning art.

    Jun 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Destiny (Der müde Tod)

  • Jan 11, 2011
    A beautifully spooky and adventurous movie about death. It is sort of an anthology horror movie with three different stories of love and death told by the grim reaper. I really liked it, it's cool.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2011
    A well told story with great effects, especially for that time. I'm a big fan of Fritz Lang and have enjoyed M and Metropolis and I thoroughly enjoyes this well crafter story as well.This is a movie I wouldn't mind watching again.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2008
    a wonderful gothic romance like something from grimm's fairy tales. in his autobiography buñuel wrote that this inspired him to make films. there's an homage to it in un chien andalou. it was one of alfred hitchcock's favorites and a big influence on the thief of baghdad (both versions) and murnau's faust among many, many others
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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