Fritz Lang • Germany • 1921
When her fiancée disappears, a young woman confronts the personification of Death in an effort to save his life. Death weaves three romantic tragedies and offers to unite the girl with her lover if she can prevent the lovers’ death in at least one instance. Thus begin three tales of ill-fated romance in Persia, Quattrocento Venice, and ancient China, wherein the woman must somehow reverse the course of destiny.
A lesser-seen Lang classic and Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite film, Destiny (Der müde Tod) has screened in retrospectives at Locarno, IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam, Vienna, and Shanghai.