Destiny

Film - Feature | January 13 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Made shortly after Lang’s mother died, Destiny is “the director’s most thoughtful and compassionate meditation on mortality” (Patrick McGilligan). Inspired by a dream from Lang’s childhood, the film is a fantasy/allegory set in three historical periods—ancient Baghdad, seventeenth-century Venice, and imperial China—bracketed by a modern-day framing story. Destiny was Lang’s 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.”

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