Rent Destiny (1921)

3.8 of 5 from 74 ratings
1h 38min
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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
Collections:
100 Years of German Expressionism, Film History, The Instant Expert's Guide, The Instant Expert's Guide to Luis Buñuel, The Instant Expert's Guide to: Fritz Lang
Countries:
Germany
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/07/2017
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
German LPCM Mono, 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 LPCM Mono, 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 (2) 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.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Haunting - Destiny review by sb

Spoiler Alert
11/05/2022

A mysterious stranger arrives in a small town and buys a plot of land - he encloses with a wall that has no gateway or door for he is Death and within the walls are the souls of all he has collected.

One is the fiance of Dagover (one of the most popular actresses of the Wiemar Republic) who in despair takes poison to join her beloved.

Death (Goatzke) takes pity on her and shows her three guttering candles each representing a soul - if she can save one he will restore her lover to her.

So we enter 3 stories - an Arabic Caliph whose sister is in love with a foreign unbeliever, an unhappy Venetian betrothed to an rich man she hates while in love with another and 2 magician apprentices in ancient China the female who the Emperor takes a fancy to.

All three pairs of lovers are played by the same actors in the modern setting (Jannsen joining Dagover) but all 3 candles gutter out before she can save them.

Death (who is revealed to be a sympathetic figure who is tired of being at Fate's call) offers her one final chance but its revealed to be beyond the price she is prepared to pay.

For its time the visual effects are quite remarkable especially in the Chinese part as are the sets and costumes and was a major influence on Hollywood as well as inspring everyone from Hichcock to Brunel to Bergman.

Ok from a modern view having German actors make up to be other races may raise eyebrows but considering its over a hundred years old its still quite remarkable - 4/5

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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