History Trivia / FritzLang

7th Jun '16 12:20:54 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* RealitySubtext: Many of his films with Thea von Harbou cast her ex-husband Rudolf Klein-Rogge (whom she left to marry Fritz) as the villain. A major plot point in ''Metropolis'' is the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything work-obsessed control freak]] Joh Fredersen taking the wife of mad scientist Rotwang (played by Klein-Rogge). The statue of the (dead) wife bears suspicious similarities to Thea von Harbou, so... yeah.

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* RealitySubtext: Many of his films with Thea von Harbou cast her ex-husband Rudolf Klein-Rogge (whom she left to marry Fritz) as the villain. A major plot point in ''Metropolis'' is the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything work-obsessed control freak]] Joh Fredersen taking the wife of mad scientist Rotwang (played by Klein-Rogge). The statue of the (dead) wife bears suspicious similarities to Thea von Harbou, so... yeah.yeah.
* SequelGap: ''[[Film/DrMabuseTheGambler Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler]]'' received a sequel, ''Film/DasTestamentDesDoktorMabuse'' 11 years later in 1933. It was followed up with ''Film/Die1000AugenDesDrMabuse'', which came out in 1960, 27 years later.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Out-of-universe example. The first ''Dr. Mabuse'' film, released in 1922, is a SilentMovie. Its sequel, which was made in 1933, is a talkie.
29th May '16 2:11:09 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* LifeImitatesArt Wernherr von Braun (head of the Nazi rocket program and later NASA) loved "Frau im Mond" and even put a plaque of it on some of his rockets. Some say the tradition of having a countdown prior to launch was also taken from that movie.



* LifeImitatesArt Wernherr von Braun (head of the Nazi rocket program and later NASA) loved "Frau im Mond" and even put a plaque of it on some of his rockets. Some say the tradition of having a countdown prior to launch was also taken from that movie.

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* LifeImitatesArt Wernherr RealitySubtext: Many of his films with Thea von Braun (head Harbou cast her ex-husband Rudolf Klein-Rogge (whom she left to marry Fritz) as the villain. A major plot point in ''Metropolis'' is the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything work-obsessed control freak]] Joh Fredersen taking the wife of mad scientist Rotwang (played by Klein-Rogge). The statue of the Nazi rocket program and later NASA) loved "Frau im Mond" and even put a plaque of it on some of his rockets. Some say the tradition of having a countdown prior (dead) wife bears suspicious similarities to launch was also taken from that movie.Thea von Harbou, so... yeah.
29th Mar '16 6:48:48 PM Jhonny
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** In America, he generally struggled to maintain one since he worked as a studio director and refused to serve under contract to any studio. Likewise his difficult personality as a director in the star-centric Hollywood led to a lot of clashes and movie stars avoided working a second time with Lang if they could help it. His most regular collaborator was Joan Bennett (''Man Hunt, Scarlet Street, The Woman in the Window, Secret Beyond the Door'').

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** In America, he generally struggled to maintain one since he worked as a studio director and refused to serve under contract to any studio. Likewise his difficult personality as a director in the star-centric Hollywood led to a lot of clashes and movie stars avoided working a second time with Lang if they could help it. His most regular collaborator was Joan Bennett (''Man Hunt, Scarlet Street, The Woman in the Window, Secret Beyond the Door'').Door'').
* LifeImitatesArt Wernherr von Braun (head of the Nazi rocket program and later NASA) loved "Frau im Mond" and even put a plaque of it on some of his rockets. Some say the tradition of having a countdown prior to launch was also taken from that movie.
21st Jan '16 2:21:32 AM JulianLapostat
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* ProductionPosse: Between 1921 and 1933, whatever Fritz Lang did always included Thea von Harbou as the screenwriter and, with only two exceptions (Peter Lorre for ''M'' and Fritz Rasp for ''Woman in the Moon''), had Rudolf Klein-Rogge playing the villain.

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* ProductionPosse: Between 1921 and 1933, whatever Fritz Lang did always included Thea von Harbou as the screenwriter and, with only two exceptions (Peter Lorre for ''M'' and Fritz Rasp for ''Woman in the Moon''), had Rudolf Klein-Rogge playing the villain.
** In America, he generally struggled to maintain one since he worked as a studio director and refused to serve under contract to any studio. Likewise his difficult personality as a director in the star-centric Hollywood led to a lot of clashes and movie stars avoided working a second time with Lang if they could help it. His most regular collaborator was Joan Bennett (''Man Hunt, Scarlet Street, The Woman in the Window, Secret Beyond the Door'').
8th Jul '15 6:38:00 PM AllenbysEyes
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* CreatorBacklash: He hated ''Metropolis'', regarding it as an OldShame for its childish story motivations, its weak ending, and the fact that [[MisaimedFandom the Nazis]] [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame liked it]]. Of his American works, Lang considered ''An American Guerrilla in the Philippines'' his nadir, refusing to discuss it with interviewers.

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* CreatorBacklash: He hated ''Metropolis'', regarding it as an OldShame for its childish story motivations, its weak ending, and the fact that [[MisaimedFandom the Nazis]] [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame liked it]]. Of his American works, Lang considered ''An American Guerrilla in the Philippines'' his nadir, refusing to the point that he refused to even discuss it with interviewers.
17th May '15 3:23:22 PM AllenbysEyes
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* CreatorBacklash: He hated ''Metropolis'', regarding it as an OldShame for its childish story motivations, its weak ending, and the fact that [[MisaimedFandom the Nazis]] [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame liked it]].

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* CreatorBacklash: He hated ''Metropolis'', regarding it as an OldShame for its childish story motivations, its weak ending, and the fact that [[MisaimedFandom the Nazis]] [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame liked it]]. Of his American works, Lang considered ''An American Guerrilla in the Philippines'' his nadir, refusing to discuss it with interviewers.


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** ''Man Hunt'' nearly wasn't released because studio censors labeled it a "hate film," inciting violence against Nazi Germany (at a time America was still neutral in World War II). Fortunately, Daryl Zanuck endorsed Lang's antifascist message and the movie became a hit.
16th May '15 5:57:15 PM Aeon1337
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* CreatorBacklash: He hated ''Metropolis'', regarding it as an OldShame for its childish story motivations and its weak ending and also didn't like the fact that [[MisaimedFandom the Nazis]] [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame liked it]].

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* CreatorBacklash: He hated ''Metropolis'', regarding it as an OldShame for its childish story motivations and motivations, its weak ending ending, and also didn't like the fact that [[MisaimedFandom the Nazis]] [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame liked it]].
2nd Nov '14 4:51:48 PM AllenbysEyes
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** ''Hangmen Also Die!'' originally ended with the Nazis executing their Czech hostages, including a major character, and [[DownerEnding later survivors visiting their mass grave]].

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** ''Hangmen Also Die!'' originally ended with the Nazis executing their Czech hostages, including a major character, and [[DownerEnding later survivors visiting their mass grave]]. This ending was finally restored in a 2014 video release.
28th Oct '14 6:13:30 PM AllenbysEyes
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** In ''Fury'', for instance, he wanted the protagonist to be guilty of the crime the lynch mob attacks him for (which would have been suspiciously similar to ''M''), but a sympathetic criminal protagonist wasn't allowable under the Hays Code.

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** In ''Fury'', for instance, he wanted the protagonist to be guilty of the crime the lynch mob attacks him for (which would have been suspiciously similar to ''M''), but a sympathetic criminal protagonist wasn't allowable under the Hays Code. Spencer Tracy's climactic speech was originally much longer and angrier in its condemnation of lynching.



** ''Hangmen Also Die!'' originally ended with the Nazis massacring Czech hostages, including a major character, and later survivors visiting their mass grave.

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** ''Hangmen Also Die!'' originally ended with the Nazis massacring executing their Czech hostages, including a major character, and [[DownerEnding later survivors visiting their mass grave.grave]].
28th Oct '14 4:33:13 PM AllenbysEyes
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** ''Hangmen Also Die!'' originally ended with the Nazis massacring Czech hostages, including a major character, and later survivors visiting their mass grave.
** ''Cloak and Dagger'' ended with a strong condemnation of nuclear weapons. Possibly under government pressure, this scene was cut and later destroyed by the studio.
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