Fritz Lang's Destiny New 2 K Restoration!

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New 2K Restoration of Fritz Lang's 1921 Masterpiece!

“Fritz Lang’s film Destiny opened my eyes to the poetic expressiveness of the cinema.” - Luis Buñuel

A dizzying blend of German Romanticism, Orientalism, and Expressionism, Destiny marked a bold step for Lang, away from the conventional melodrama and into the kind of high-concept filmmaking that would culminate in such über-stylized works as Die Nibelungen and Metropolis. Destiny is a visually ambitious, cinematic allegory in which a young woman (Lil Dagover) confronts the personification of Death (Bernhard Goetzke), in an effort to save the life of her fiancé (Walter Janssen). Death weaves three romantic tragedies, and offers to unite the girl with her lover, if she can prevent the death of the lovers in at least one of the episodes. Thus begin three exotic scenarios of ill-fated love, in which the woman must somehow reverse the course of destiny: Persia, Quattrocento Venice, and a fancifully-rendered ancient China.

A duplicate 35mm black-and-white print from the Museum of Modern Art was the basis for the digital restoration. Also involved in the restoration process were the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, the Munich Film Museum, Gosfilmofond of Russia, Moscow, the Národní filmový archiv in Prague and the Cinémathèque Royale in Brussels, as well as LʼImmagine Ritrovata, Bologna. Commissioned by ZDF/ARTE, composer Cornelius Schwehr of Freiburg created new music appropriate to the stylistic diversity of this film classic.
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