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Series to explore Weimar films of Fritz Lang

A series showcasing all of the surviving German films by Fritz Lang prior to his emigration to the United States in the mid-1930s is planned for this semester.

Thomas Levin, associate professor of German, has organized the series in conjunction with his graduate seminar "Fritz Lang -- The Weimar Films." The screenings, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays between Sept. 21 and Dec. 14 in 10 East Pyne.

"Coinciding almost exactly with the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic, the films can be read as a powerful reflection of and on the 'images of the time,' to use Fritz Lang's own subtitle for his disturbingly contemporary study of megalomaniacal power in his series of films about Dr. Mabuse," Levin said.

The series will feature restored copies of well-known Weimar classics such as "Metropolis" and "M" as well as restorations of lesser-known early films by Lang such as "The Spiders" (1919-20), "Spies" (1928) and "Woman in the Moon" (1929). The mostly silent, black-and-white films will be shown in their original German-language versions with English intertitles or subtitles, some with original color tinting and others featuring their original orchestral soundtracks.

Certain important masterpieces by Lang such as the two-part "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler" and the two-part "The Nibelungen" will be presented in their original and previously unavailable epic-length versions (nearly five hours each).

A complete schedule of the film series with full filmographic information will be available at the screenings as well as online.

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