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Fritz Lang (METROPOLIS, M, THE BIG HEAT) creates an allegory of love, death and faith in this elaborate tale of a woman's quest to... Read More
Fritz Lang (METROPOLIS, M, THE BIG HEAT) creates an allegory of love, death and faith in this elaborate tale of a woman's quest to test fate. Realizing that her husband has been taken away by Death--literally, dragged out by an old cloaked man symbolizing the end of life--a young woman tries in desperation to bring him back. After a vision of lost souls marching into Death's property, the woman faints and is taken to the herbalist's house, where in despair, she takes a vial of poison. As the woman faces Death, he presents her with three flickering lights, which represent three lives about to end. Death tells her he is tired of his duties and dislikes seeing so much human suffering, but that no one has the power to defeat him. If she can save any of the three lives represented by the candles before her, Death promises to return her lover to her. From there, the heroine travels through ancient Baghdad, Italy, and China, learning the three tragic love stories of the three people who are about to lose their ... Minimize
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2 Reviews from Epinions.com
Jul 17, 2001
Fritz Lang Dreams of Death in DESTINY -Underappreciated Films W/O
Pros: One of the greatest film fantasies ever. Goetzke is perfect as Death.
Cons: Some of the acting is hammy and the film itself is in rather poor condition.
This is the film that helped convince Luis Bun~uel and Alfred Hitchcock to become film directors. Rent it, and find out what they did. (g) Read More at Epinions.com
Dec 15, 2004
A resolute young woman confronts a reluctant, weary Grim Reaper (L&M3)
Pros: the framing story, many striking visual compositions
Cons: orientalist kitsch in two of the inner episodes
Indispensable for aficionados of Fritz Lang, German cinema, or the history of fantasy movies. The dated acting style may repel others. Read More at Epinions.com