Fritz LangLil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke
Germany / 1921 / 98 minutes / DCP / B&W
A silent classic so inventive and elusive that it still casts a long shadow, influencing filmmakers as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel. Lang frames his stories by a simple bet with Death, three chances for a woman to save her lover (each gambit marked by a burning candle). But how far afield these framed stories take us in time and space! – to a wild vision of the Arabian nights, a tale of Renaissance Venice and even an intriguing comic vision of China. Expressionism, yes, but with an imagination and artifice that has flown free of our expectations for the film and the filmmaker – to be discovered anew in this carefully restored version.