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Destiny (Der müde Tod) (1924)




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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

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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)

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Technique, sensibility, cinematic vision, and story all come together in this epic drama of love, death, myth, and sacrifice, a mix of supernatural drama and mythic parable produced in the shadow of World War I.

October 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Death has been played many times, from Bergman's "The Seventh Seal (1952)" to "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)" and countless others, but never as sympathetic as in "Destiny."

July 28, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This beautiful 2K restoration...features the original intertitles while simulating the color tinting and toning of the original not seen since the 1920's...Unveiled at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, Kino Lorber's release is a real treat for cinephiles.

July 24, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Restored and revived, 1921's 'Destiny' perfectly illustrates the glories of Weimar cinema.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Influential silent film

August 22, 2006 | Full Review…

It's hard to understand why this striking - and strikingly beautiful - silent epic isn't better known than it is.

June 30, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Destiny (Der müde Tod)

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
Aj V

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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 Doers
Ken Doers

Super Reviewer


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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

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