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What ARE these visual forms? Running imagery in Fritz Lang will be traced: Continuing characters and plot ideas in Lang are explored.
Early filmmakers who might have influenced Lang are discussed: The book is formatted as a single long web page, to make searching it easier.
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I am eager to hear what you think, and how you learned about this site. The Spiders Part I: Like the serial work of Louis Feuilladeit is made up of an irregularly long series of films, each around an hour in length.
Lang only made two of the four films he planned in this series: The Spiders are a mysterious gang, who are up to no good throughout the series. Visually, their costumes are influenced by Feuillade: Just as in Blyth, they have powerful people on their side: The Spiders leave a calling card behind: It is unclear who was the first to use such a device.
This device clearly spread, as Sampson pointed out, from Packard to other pulp writers. Hoog enters the film in white tie and tails. Lang draws on several movie traditions, as well. The second quarter of The Golden Sea is structured as a Western, with his American hero dressed as a cowboy, riding around on horses, and fighting a lot of other cowboys in the pay of The Spiders.
This whole section is enormously enjoyable. It shows the rich invention found throughout The Golden Sea. The treatment of the heroine and the villainess recalls to a degree The Three Musketeers of Alexandre Dumas.
An American Hero Lang will be consistently pro-American in his politics throughout his career.
His final film, The 1, Eyes of Dr. Mabusewill also be a German-made film with an American hero. Similarly, the German-made Spies will have a British hero. When Lang will come to the United States and make films duringhe will also be sympathetic to United States and British people, contrasting democratic heroes from the United States and Great Britain with sinister Nazi villains.
Like other liberals, Lang can be scathingly critical about social problems: Here they occur twice: The tragic ending of the film is set in beautiful outdoor locations, full of plants and water.
Many of the jungle scenes in Philippines are as mournful as those in The Spiders. Both films also deal with characters who are trapped behind enemy lines, are in danger of death, and who are looking for ways to escape.
Both films have a hero who is a little more mature and more macho tough than those of many Lang movies. One thinks of Haghi in Spies, and the father in Metropolis.
Like them, he is a competent businessman. Like them, he is in command of high tech communication at his desk, in this case the sending of telegrams. He is not at all sinister, like these later villains, but he is capable and accomplished.
The high life of the hero at his club in the beginning recalls the milieu lived in by the hero of Spies Both take up more than one story, both are awesomely large, both have numerous staircases, both have railed walkways on the different levels, looking over the open, central vault.
These are two of the best pieces of architecture in Lang. One will later see a similar architecture in the bank where Edward G. Robinson works in Scarlet Street Visual Style There are more scenes with ambiguously focused staging here than in later Lang works.
The viewer should be watching both to get the full effect.Pantone, the global authority on color; inspiring artists, designers and stylists to color the world.
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