Fritz Lang's Destiny

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... Read more

Fritz Lang's Destiny

Directed by Fritz Lang

Year: 1921
Running Time: 98
Color Type: Tinted B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: Germany
Language: Silent with Score
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Fritz Lang's Destiny

Rudolf Klein Rogge
Wilhelm Diegelmann
Hans Sternberg
Walter Janssen
Bernhard Goetzke
Lil Dagover

Writers Thea von Harbou and Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer
Directed by Fritz Lang

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 begin 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.  

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“FANTASTIC AND DREAM LIKE! The sets are magnificent and the shots and special effects are stunning (beyond 1921 state-of-the-art). A major work in [Lang’s] canon.”
– Eric Monder, Film Journal International

“LANG’S EARLIEST EXTANT GREAT FILM! This new digital restoration of Destiny returns the film’s cool greens, pensive blues, and fiery reds, thus aiding the emotional immediacy of a story whose characters all merit sympathy. The restoration work honors the intentions of a tale that itself treats on the theme of resurrection, one in which Death finds ways to bring lovers together across time and, by doing so, gives them second life.”
– Aaron Cutler, Brooklyn Magazine

“When I saw Destiny, I suddenly knew that I wanted to make movies. Something about this film spoke to something deep in me; it clarified my life and my vision of the world.”
– Luis Buñuel

"A wonderful early film by Fritz Lang, Destiny is given a superb Blu-ray release by Kino Lorber. The Blu-ray looks and sounds incredible...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."


  • Official Selection, 2016 Berlin Film Festival

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Venue City Date
Trylon Microcinema Minneapolis 1475208000September 30 - October 2, 2016
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1469764800July 29 - July 31, 2016
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 14686416007/16, 7/18, 7/20
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 14666544006/23 & 6/25
Texas Theatre Dallas 1465617600June 11 - June 12, 2016
Alamo Ritz Austin 1465099200June 5, 2016
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 14647536006/1, 6/3-6/5
Film Forum New York 1463716800May 20 - May 26, 2016

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