Fritz Lang by Patrick McGilligan
The Nature of the Beast

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The discussions of Lang as a man almost come off as attacks, yet the film writing is so good that it offsets a lot of this. In the end, Patrick McGilligan’s writing about the director’s career is so good that it makes The Nature of the Beast the definitive Fritz Lang biography.
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The name of Fritz Lang—the visionary director of Metropolis, M, Fury, The Big Heat, and thirty other unforgettable films—is hallowed the world over. But what lurks behind his greatest legends and his genius as a filmmaker? Patrick McGilligan, placed among “the front rank of film biographers” by the Washington Post, spent four years in Europe and America interviewing Lang’s dying contemporaries, researching government and film archives, and investigating the intriguing life story of Fritz Lang. This critically acclaimed biography—lauded as one of the year’s best nonfiction books by Publishers Weekly—reconstructs the compelling, flawed human being behind the monster with the monocle.

 

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Patrick McGilligan's biographies include the acclaimed "OPatrick McGilligan's biographies include the acclaimed "Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only"; the Edgar-nominated "Alfscar Micheaux: The Great and Only"; the Edgar-nominated "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light"; "Fritz Lang: Tred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light"; "Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast"; and "George Cukor: A Double Life". he Nature of the Beast"; and "George Cukor: A Double Life". The author of several "New York Times Notable Books", he hasThe author of several "New York Times Notable Books", he has also penned biographies of Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, also penned biographies of Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Robert Altman, and James Cagney, along with the oral historyRobert Altman, and James Cagney, along with the oral history "Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist" ( "Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist" (with Paul Buhle). McGilligan lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. with Paul Buhle). McGilligan lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
Published September 1, 2013 by Univ Of Minnesota Press. 560 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Greg Barbrick on Nov 20 2013

The discussions of Lang as a man almost come off as attacks, yet the film writing is so good that it offsets a lot of this. In the end, Patrick McGilligan’s writing about the director’s career is so good that it makes The Nature of the Beast the definitive Fritz Lang biography.

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