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105 minutes · 1921

Fritz Lang's first international success, made in 1921 at the height of the expressionist movement in film, has the atmosphere of a harsh German fairy tale: Death comes to claim a young man, but because he is weary of killing, he strikes a bargain with his victim's fiancee—if she can find someone to die in place of her lover, he will allow the boy to live. Interspersed in the tale are three dreamlike flashbacks (to Baghdad, Renaissance Venice, and ancient China)—three fables that Death tells the girl to convince her of the impossibility of her task. With Lil Dagover and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. Also known as Der Mude Tod ("The Weary Death").

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