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Fritz Lang papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2201

Scope and Contents

This collection includes scripts, manuscripts, screenplays, research files, clippings of current events, correspondents, interviews, photographs, and stills related to the projects of Austrian German American director Fritz Lang (1890-1976). Materials in the collection are from throughout Lang’s career, primarily his work in Hollywood. Films represented in this collection include Hangmen Also Die! (1943), and Human Desire(1954).

Dates

  • 1930s-1970s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

Fritz Lang (1890-1976) was an Austrian German American director known for his expressionist films, crime thrillers, and social science fiction. Lang lost sight in his right eye while serving in the Austrian army during WWI. He began his filmmaking career in 1918 in Weimar Germany, collaborating with his co-writer and wife Thea von Harbou on his early films such as Metropolis (1927), and M (1931). During the rise of the Nazi regime in 1933, many of Lang’s films were banned. He subsequently divorced von Harbou when she joined the Nazi Party, and left Berlin for Paris. Lang then emigrated to the United States where his career continued in Hollywood with such films as You Only Live Once (1937), Hangmen Also Die!(1943), and The Big Heat (1953). Lang was approaching blindness during the production of The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960), which cemented it as his final film project. He died from a stroke in 1976.

Extent

27 Linear Feet (24 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection includes scripts, manuscripts, screenplays, research files, clippings of current events, correspondents, interviews, photographs, and stills related to the projects of Austrian German American director Fritz Lang (1890-1976).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, December 10, 1982; May 1984; September 23, 1985.

Processing Information

Collection is unprocessed.

Creator

Title
Finding aid for the Fritz Lang papers
Status
Minimally Processed
Author
Sarah Jardini for History Associates Incorporated
Date
March 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

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