Fritz Lang’s first commercial success, the 1921 “Der müde Tod” (literally, “The Tired Death,” though called “Destiny” in the Anglophone world) is a mix of striking visual compositions, palpable grief, and romantic swooning.
As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death and is sequestered behind a huge doorless, windowless wall.
The woman finds a mystic entrance and is met by Death, who tells her three separate stories set in exotic locales, all involving circumstances similar to hers.
In each story, a woman, trying to save her lover from his ultimate tragic fate, fails. The young lady realizes the meaning of the tales and takes the only step she can to reunite herself with her lover.
Organist Stephan Graf von Bothmer will accompany the silent film at the dome organ. Intertitles are in german and in english.
Der müde Tod / Destiny
Directed by Fritz Lang
Story by Thea von Harbou & Fritz Lang
Cinematography by Erich Nitzschmann, Hermann Salfrank, Fritz Arno Wagner
Starring Lil Dagover, Bernhard Goetzke & Walter Janssen
Fritz Lang “Der müde Tod” aka “Destiny” – Silent Movie with live organ soundtrack
played by organist Stephan Graf von Bothmer
Saturday, 26 January 2013 | 20:00 CET
Berliner Dom | Am Lustgarten | 10178 Berlin/Mitte