I've never seen this Fritz Lang all the way through (I think I've only seen parts of it?) and it's on Netflix.
Thoughts on this one? It's a pretty ambitious project in terms of scope and themes......I know it influenced a lot of subsequent stuff.
You should watch it.
Imo it's inconsistent but it has some incredible high points. It's an anthology tale and the frame story is incredible (Lang really caputred the feeling of an old german town and the society excellently with only a few small swipes and the imagery surrounding death could compete with Körkarlen) but the 3 stories within aren't particularly succesful (I think the China one is probably the worst, the other 2 are actually not bad but they don't live up to the expectations the frame story creates).
So yeah, the narrative is flawed sadly. The visuals are amazing.
I'd say the later Lang silents are usually better (not Spies and I haven't seen Woman in the Moon but the other 3 he made directly after this, Mabuse, Niebelungen and Metropolis)
"You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things that never were and I say Why not?" - George Bernhard Shaw
I think it's one of Fritz Lang's better works, but it's still not a "complete" film. His direction is phenomenal and so ambitious (I feel like Cloud Atlas might have taken a page out of this film's book), but the story never really settles enough to get you emotionally invested like you should be. It also doesn't help that Lil Dagover is not a very good actress at all...
Still, worth a watch. Especially since it was the film that influenced both Hitchcock and Bunuel.
I did check it out and agree with the posts here - it is flawed at a narrative level, but if you just watch from a visual perspective and try to place yourself in Lang's mindset there's a lot going on to love. Lots of imagination and different ideas playing themselves out there.
Definitely the kind of movie that you could see influencing diverse talents - some of it reminded me of Dreyer actually.