Rent Destiny (1921)

3.8 of 5 from 62 ratings
1h 38min
Rent Destiny (aka Der Müde Tod) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A young woman (Lil Dagover) confronts the personification of Death (Bernhard Goetzke), in an effort to save the life of her fiance (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 begins 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.
Actors:
, , , , Karl Rückert, , , , , , , Max Pfeiffer, , , , , Erika Unruh, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Erich Pommer
Writers:
Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Aka:
Der Müde Tod
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Countries:
Germany, Classics, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/07/2017
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
German, Silent
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Tinted
Bonus:
  • Score by Cornelius Schwehr, performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Frank Strobel
  • Feature length audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • A new video essay by David Cairns
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/07/2017
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
German, Silent
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Tinted
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Score by Cornelius Schwehr, performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Frank Strobel
  • Feature length audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • A new video essay by David Cairns

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Reviews (1) of Destiny

Death And Remembrance. - Destiny review by NC

Spoiler Alert
25/11/2018

Memorable more for its imagery and masterful manufacturing of mood than its disappointingly slack storyline, 'Destiny' may not be Lang at his best, but still manages to catch the breath several times over.

There is a gaping hole in the middle, filled with three stories set in, respectively, Arabia, Venice and China. These are the kind of centuries-old tales about star-crossed lovers thwarted by caliphs, emperors, and so on. The first two are not particularly satisfactory, and make the clock tick quite slowly, but the third, revolving around a magician in a fantastically created Far East, is a tour-de-force of imagination and special effects.

The personification of Death, as performed by Bernhard Goetzke, will be remembered long after the film's viewing. That, and Lang's unsurpassed eye for what will arrest the attention, make up for the deficiencies.

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