LANG, FRITZ. (1890-1976). Austrian-born film director known for Metropolis and M. CS. (“Fritz Lang”). 1p. Oblong 12mo. Hollywood, June 1, 1966. An inscribed card “with best wishes” to American stage designer, drama professor and autograph collector STEPHEN PALESTRANT (1937-1988).
Lang began writing screenplays while recovering from wounds he suffered fighting for Austria during World War I. Lang’s films focused on the dark side of human nature, exploring the horrors of cruelty and death – issues, no doubt, on the mind of most post-war Europeans. It was during this time that he made the futuristic classic Metropolis, and in 1931, he directed his first sound film, the thriller M starring Peter Lorre. His 1932 film, The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse, prompted Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to ask Lang to supervise German films. Within hours of the offer, Lang (whose mother was Jewish, but had converted to Roman Catholicism) fled to Paris and then to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen.
Lang’s cinematic vision and talent were well utilized in Hollywood. Some of his American films include Fury, You Only Live Once, Hangmen Also Die, Rancho Notorious, and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. With some minor age toning and in excellent condition.
Fritz Lang’s masterpiece Metropolis