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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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

This one will haunt your dreams.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

It's a grim dirge masquerading as a moralistic fable.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Very little of Lang's early work remains available to watch in this condition. Destiny is a real treat. Watch it, and see if it can inspire you as it did the likes of Alfred Hitchcock.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

Its key horrors and delights - an owl in the moonlight, a midget presiding over a cockfight, a secret lover buried alive - are all the more searing.

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Peter Bradshaw

It is bizarre and captivating, an eerie dream of longing and fear.

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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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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

Unmistakably ancient, but full of invention.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Even before he was punching out canonical classics, Fritz Lang's genius was supremely evident.

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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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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