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Fritz Lang on Netflix

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Director Fritz Lang came to America, from Germany, in 1934.  The story he liked to tell, which may be true or which he may have told because it made for a good story, is that Joseph Goebbels, the Third Reich’s Minister of Propaganda, met with him to talk about Lang making movies for the Third Reich.  Lang said he accepted the offer but that, following the meeting, he caught the next train to Paris, eventually making his way to America.

Once in America Lang began working within the studio system in Hollywood.  An autocrat, used to having his way in all things movie-wise, Lang quickly made enemies and burned bridges left and right.    After all, in Germany he was “the man” with access to big budgets and casts of thousands.  He was frustrated with the constraints placed upon him by American studios and what he perceived to be the overly simplistic nature of American story…

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