Destiny (Der müde Tod)
Destiny (Der müde Tod) (1924)

Fritz Lang was a stickler for realism in his American films; not so his German silents, which were fanciful to the point of being fairy tales. Der Müde Tod, Lang's first big critical success, is an allegorical tale of love, fidelity and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 6, 1924
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
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Sean Axmaker

Technique, sensibility, cinematic vision, and story all come together in this epic drama of love, death, myth, and sacrifice, a mix of supernatural drama and mythic parable produced in the shadow of World War I.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Restored and revived, 1921's 'Destiny' perfectly illustrates the glories of Weimar cinema.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the weaker Lang films.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Death has been played many times, from Bergman's "The Seventh Seal (1952)" to "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)" and countless others, but never as sympathetic as in "Destiny."

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Influential silent film

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Fritz Lang's first noteworthy film is gorgeous to look at and highly imaginative.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This beautiful 2K restoration...features the original intertitles while simulating the color tinting and toning of the original not seen since the 1920's...Unveiled at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, Kino Lorber's release is a real treat for cinephiles.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's hard to understand why this striking - and strikingly beautiful - silent epic isn't better known than it is.

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Aj V
A beautifully spooky and adventurous movie about death. It is sort of an anthology horror movie with three different stories of love and death told by the grim… More
Stella Dallas
a wonderful gothic romance like something from grimm's fairy tales. in his autobiography buñuel wrote that this inspired him to make films. there's… More