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 Fiametta, Junge Maedchen, Tiaotsien, Zobeide
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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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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June 11, 2002
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Full Review… | June 3, 2002
New York Times
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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."

Full Review… | July 28, 2016
Reeling Reviews

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.

Full Review… | July 24, 2016
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review… | May 19, 2016
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Destiny (Der müde Tod)


Just finished watching this movie and for a silent forgien it was amazing. Early movies always blow me away. Fritz Lang is a true cinematic genius.

Alec Speshock
Alec Speshock

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

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