Lang, Fritz, 1890-1976

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From the description of Reminiscences of Fritz Lang : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122419547

Fritz Lang (1890-1976), born in Vienna, was a motion picture director who began his career as a scriptwriter. He began his filmmaking career in Berlin after World War I. Many of the scripts he wrote in the 1920s were co-written by his wife, Thea Von Harbou. His German films include "Metropolis," "M," and "Dr. Mabuse." He fled Nazi Germany in 1933, and came to Hollywood in 1934. His American films include "Fury," "The Return of Jesse James," "Western Union," "Man Hunt," "Cloak and Dagger," "The Blue Gardenia," "The Big Heat," and "While the City Sleeps."

From the description of Fritz Lang papers, ca. 1909-1973. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 27582253

Fritz Lang (1890-1976) was an Austrian-American film director who began his film career as a scriptwriter. Many of the scripts he wrote in the 1920s were co-written by his wife, Theo Von Harbou. Lang fled Germany in 1933. By 1936 he was in Hollywood, where he directed films for twenty years, until his differences with producers led to his leaving Hollywood. He directed films in India until 1959 when he returned to Germany. In 1963 he portrayed himself in the French film “Mopris” which was directed by Jean-Luc Goddard.

His early films in America, as in “Fury” in 1936 and “You Only Live Once” in 1937, were about social injustice. He then directed westerns and psychological mysteries, including “The Woman at the Window” in 1944 and “Scarlet Street” in 1945. He later returned to the exposure of violence and corruption in “Big Heat” in 1953.

Although he was not honored by the American film establishment until a retrospective of his work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1969, France, Germany, Austria, and Yugoslavia gave him many awards for his contribution to film from the 1950s through the 1970s. He also received an award for his film “M” from the German Motion Picture Arts Association in 1931.

From the guide to the Fritz Lang papers, circa 1909-1973, 1931-1973, (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)

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referencedIn Wanger, Walter F., 1894-1968. Papers, 1908-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Ellis, Mary, 1900-2003. Mary Ellis papers. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Weinberg, Herman G. Papers, 1926-1983. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Sherman Krellberg Papers, 1919-1989, (bulk 1931-1970) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Krellberg, Sherman, 1892-1979. Papers of Sherman Krellberg, 1919-1989 (bulk 1931-1970). Library of Congress
referencedIn Lania, Leo, 1896-1961. Papers, 1916-1959. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Richards, Silvia. The secret beyond the door : screenplay, [1947] / by Silvia Richards ; based on a story by Rufus King. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Kingston, Gertrude, 1866-1937. Letters and cards : London, Essex, Bath, and Vienna, to Laurence Housman, Street, 1925-1937. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Fritz Lang papers, circa 1909-1973, 1931-1973 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Lang, Fritz, 1890-1976. Fritz Lang papers, ca. 1909-1973. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. Weill-Lenya correspondence, 1925-1948. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Mary Ellis papers, 1897-2003 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Lang, Fritz, 1890-1976. Reminiscences of Fritz Lang : oral history, 1971. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Raksin, David, 1912-. David Raksin: an oral history interview with Peggy Mayer Sherry for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Weill-Lenya Research Center, Van Nuys, CA, 1991 Oct. 2. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Asian American Film Ephemera Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Nichols, Dudley, 1895-1960. Scarlet Street, [1945?] / by Dudley Nichols. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Leyda, Jay, 1910-1988. Jay and Si Lan Chen Leyda papers, 1913-1987 (bulk 1930-1980). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Miklos Rozsa Papers, 1918-1996 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Lang, Fritz, 1890-1976. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn McGilligan, Patrick. Patrick McGilligan papers, 1945-2003. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Lang, Fritz, 1890-1976. Once off guard, 1944 Mar. 23. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Kobal, John. John Kobal papers, 1942-1977. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
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associatedWith Blue Eyes. person
associatedWith Blue Eyes. Male shooting chant. person
associatedWith Bogdanovich, Peter, 1939- person
associatedWith Ellis, Mary, 1900-2003. person
associatedWith Haile, Berard, 1874-1961. person
associatedWith Higham, Charles, person
associatedWith Kingston, Gertrude, 1866-1937. person
associatedWith Kobal, John. person
associatedWith Krellberg, Sherman, 1892-1979. person
associatedWith Lania, Leo, 1896-1961. person
associatedWith Leyda, Jay, 1910-1988. person
associatedWith McGilligan, Patrick. person
associatedWith Nichols, Dudley, 1895-1960. person
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associatedWith Raksin, David, 1912- person
associatedWith Reichard, Gladys Amanda, 1893-1955. person
associatedWith Richards, Silvia. person
associatedWith Rózsa, Miklós, 1907-1995 person
associatedWith Wanger, Walter F., 1894-1968. person
associatedWith Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. person
associatedWith Weinberg, Herman G. person
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India
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Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah).
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White Sands National Monument (N.M.)
Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.)
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Ariz.)
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Birth 1890-12-05

Death 1976-08-02

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