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11.19.2013 | | Posted at 11:22 AM

Fritz Lang Biography Out in Paperback

By David Luhrssen
  Patrick McGilligan’s Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast is a model for film biographies. The Milwaukee author’s 1997 study of the director behind Metropolis and M (reissued now in paperback by the University of Minnesota Press) establishes a perspective—a tone—in the opening sentence. McGilligan has mixed opinions about Lang—a filmmaker who was often brilliant,...
10.27.2012 | | Posted at 08:47 AM
By David Luhrssen
  A love and deep knowledge of film informs some of the selections on Aurora, the second album by pianist Ran Blake and singer Sara Serpa. Discordant and wordless in its angst, the duo’s “Dr. Mabuse,” based on Konrad Elfer’s melody for Fritz Lang’s 1922 thriller Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, is both a tribute to a cinematic classic and a slightly daring gesture toward expanding the...