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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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.Read Full Review of Fritz Lang: The Nature of the... | See more reviews from Blog Critics
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