Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0016101122: FRITZ LANG

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Extremely rare vintage signature in thick pencil on a portion of a light green autograph album page, acquired in-person at Hollywood's Vendome Cafe around the time he filmed Fury in 1937, and affixed to a roughly 4x6-inch tan scrapbook leaf. In good condition for its age and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. Legendary Austrian-born director and screenwriter Fritz Lang played key roles in the shaping of two national cinemas:  The German during the late silent and early talkie periods, and the American during its Golden Age. His incredible body of work includes Der müde Tod [Destiny] (1921), the first film in his lifelong exploration of man's battle against fate; Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler [Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler] (1922), one of three pictures he made about the master criminal; Metropolis (1926), a striking vision of the dystopian city of the future; M (1931), a haunting glimpse into the mind of a murderer; and You Only Live Once (1937), a sort of Bonnie and Clyde story. While Lang is often lumped in with members of the German Expressionist school, his tendencies toward abstraction, stylization of form, anonymity of character, and "architectural" use of human figures, were wholly his own.