Destiny PG

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This film was last shown on 15 June 2017

As an early auteur of cinema, Fritz Lang was a pioneer and an inspiration cited by many of the greats, including Hitchcock and Bunuel. Though not his first feature, Destiny is undeniably the beginnings of Lang’s trademark motifs: a stunning example of silent cinema restored with the original richly coloured tinting and toning.

Upon the sudden, shocking passing of her fiancé, a young woman confronts death himself, desperate to be reunited with her lover. Death offers her a bargain: he will tell her three tales of ill-fated lovers, and if she can find a way to save just one, he will reunite her with her beloved. What ensues is an epic tale of love, sacrifice and death.


Fritz Lang
98 mins
Bernhard Goetzke, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen


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