Film - Feature | January 13 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Made shortly after Langs mother died, Destiny is the directors most thoughtful and compassionate meditation on mortality (Patrick McGilligan). Inspired by a dream from Langs childhood, the film is a fantasy/allegory set in three historical periodsancient Baghdad, seventeenth-century Venice, and imperial Chinabracketed by a modern-day framing story. Destiny was Langs first film to gain him wide European recognition and remains one of his most brilliant cinematic achievements. Its magic-carpet fantasias inspired Douglas Fairbanks to make his Thief of Bagdad, according to historian Siegfried Kracauer. Luis Buñuel wrote, Destiny opened my eyes to the poetic expressiveness of the cinema.