Destiny, Lang’s first big critical success, is an allegorical tale of love, fidelity and death. The story, part legend, part fairytale, is a dream-vision of a young woman searching for her missing lover. When the young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death and is sequestered behind a huge doorless, windowless wall. The woman finds a mystic entrance and is met by Death, who tells her three separate stories, all involving circumstances similar to hers. In each story, a woman, trying to save her lover from his ultimate tragic fate, fails. The young lady realises the meaning of the tales and takes the only step she can to reunite herself with her lover.
Galway Film Fleadh 2011 Programme
Director: Fritz Lang | Germany | 1921
Running Time 105 mins | B&W | 35 mm
Producer Eric Pommer
Script Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Cast Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke
Print Source British Film Institute