Call number: DVD-5155

LANG, Fritz
Der müde Tod. Ein deutsches Volkslied in sechs Versen [Destiny. A German Folk Song in Six Verses]

Decla-Bioscop A.G. (Berlin), 1921
Producer: Erich Pommer
Screenplay: Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Photography: Fritz Arno Wagner (Venetian, Oriental and Chinese episodes) Erich Nitzschmann and Hermann Saalfrank (Old German episode)
Production design: Walter Röhrig, Hermann Warm, Robert Herlth
Music for this edition: Cornelius Schwehr (2016)

Death				          Bernhard Goetzke	
The Girl			          Lil Dagover	
The Groom			          Walter Janssen	
The Notary			          Max Adalbert	
The Doctor			          Wilhelm Diegelmann	
The Bürgermeister 		          Hans Sternberg	
The Pastor 			          Carl Rückert	
The Teacher			          Erich Pabst	
The Apothecary		                  Karl Platen	
The Grave-digger		          Paul Rehkopf	 
The Tailor	 		          Hermann Picha	
The Nightwatchman		          Max Pfeiffer	
The Beggar 			          Georg John	
The Mother 			          Grete Berger	
The Landlady 		                  Lydia Potechina	
The Caliph 			          Eduard von Winterstein	
The Caliph's sister Zobeide	          Lil Dagover	
The Frank			          Walter Janssen	
Zobeide's familar Aisha 	          Erika Unruh	
Dervish			                  Rudolf Klein-Rogge	
The Gardener El Mot	                  Bernhard Goetzke	
Girolamo 			          Rudolf Klein-Rogge	
Mona Fiametta		                  Lil Dagover	
Francesco 			          Walter Janssen	
The Messenger 		                  Lothar Müthel	
Girolamo's first familiar	          Edgar Pauly	
The Nurse	 		          Lina Paulsen	
The Moor 			          Louis Brody	
The Emperor of the Middle Kingdom         Karl Huszar-Puffy	
The Magician A Hi		          Paul Biensfeldt	
Tiao Tsien			          Lil Dagover	
Liang 				          Walter Janssen	
The Emperor's archer	                  Bernhard Goetzke	
The Chancellor of the Exchequer           Max Adalbert	
Hangman			                  Paul Neumann	
Old Woman			          Marie Wismar	
Workman			                  Karl Harbacher	
Small businessman		          Walter Werner	
Girolamo's second familiar                Hellmuth Hiemstra
Eunuchs			                  Erner Hübsch, Victor Hartberg
99 minutes
German intertitles with optional English subtitles, silent with added music score, tinted

Dual format edition. This is the DVD

Region code B
Aspect ratio
Languages Optional English subtitles
Features F.W. Murnau Stiftung edition: high definition presentation from the 2K restoration at L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna
Score by Cornelius Schwehr, performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the conductor Frank Strobel
Feature length audio commentary by the film critic Tim Lucas
A new video essay by David Cairns, 15 minutes 27 seconds, in English
44-page booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp and a 1921 review
Source Eureka. The Masters of Cinema, No. 161

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