Before the auteur theory was popularized by the French cinema journal Cahiers du Cinéma
, Fritz Lang--creator of such noir classics as M, Metropolis
, and the later Hollywood productions of Rancho Notorious
and The Big Heat
--was writing and directing his own films in the 1920s. This biography of the great Viennese director is at once reverent and thorough, although it fails to resolve the larger questions surrounding Fritz Lang's life: Did he shoot his first wife in 1920? Did Lang, who was half Jewish, flee Nazi Germany before pondering an offer from Goebbels to run the German movie industry? We may never know.
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