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Der Müde Tod

A young woman (Lil Dagover) confronts the personification of Death (Bernhard Goetzke) in order to save the life of her fiancé in this early Lang classic set in Persia, Venice, and a fancifully rendered ancient China. Rich in expressionist imagery and featuring innovative special effects work, Der Müde Tod has often been overlooked amongst Lang’s early work, but has been hugely influential, with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel citing it as a direct influence. This restoration on behalf of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung preserves the original German intertitles and simulates the historic colour tinting and toning of its initial release. The film is accompanied by a newly composed score by Cornelius Schwehr.