Fritz Lang was born in Vienna on December 5, 1890 and died in Los Angeles on August 2, 1976. He initially studied architecture and painting and only began writing film scripts after the First World War. His first screenplays were filmed by Joe May and Otto Rippert. In 1919 Lang made his directing debut with the film, Half-Caste. Of his countless films, many have become film history classics.
During the 1920s, Lang was one of the foremost German film directors. He emigrated, through France and England, to the USA in 1933 after Goebbels offered him the position of “Commissioner of Film for the Third Reich.” In the USA he began a second career.
After arriving in Hollywood Lang mainly filmed action movies. His attempt to regain a foot-hold in the German film industry at the end of the 1950s was unsuccessful.
|Partial Filmography: 1919 Half-Caste; 1921 Destiny/The Weary Death; 1922 Dr. Mabuse the Gambler; 1924 The Nibelungen: Siegfrid’s Death; The Nibelungen: Kriemhild’s Revenge; 1927 Metropolis; 1928 Spies; 1929 Woman in the Moon; 1931 M ; 1936 You Only Live Once; 1942 Hangmen Also Die; 1944 The Woman in the Window; 1953 The Big Heat; 1958 The Tiger of Eschnapur; The Indian Tomb|