Silent Revue: DESTINY (1921)


Revue Cinema Sun, Sep 24, 2023 4:00 PM
Film Info
Revue Series:Silent Revue
Release Year:1921
Production Country:Germany
Original Language:No Language
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Fritz Lang
Cast:Lil Dagover
Walter Janssen
Bernhard Goetzke
Hans Sternberg
Karl Rückert
Screenwriter:Fritz Lang
Thea von Harbou


“Fantastic and dream-like. The sets are magnificent…and special effects are stunning (beyond 1921 state-of-the-art). A major work in [Lang’s] canon.” Eric Monder, Film Journal International


The 13th season of Silent Revue extends the macabre celebrations usually relegated to the single month of October and embarks on a multi-month silent-era horror saturnalia! Close out 2023 with Silent Revue’s deep dive into origins of the genre—featuring masterpieces from German Expressionist vanguards such as Lang and Murnau and Scandinavian bangers from Dreyer and Sjöström.


Before Metropolis and M there was Destiny, Fritz Lang’s rarely-screened masterpiece that ushered in the director’s unparalleled career. Equal parts fairytale and fantasy, Destiny tells the tale of a young woman granted three chances by a world-weary Death to save her lover from the punishing afterlife. Hugely influential – it inspired a young Alfred Hitchcock to pursue a career in film – Destiny was Lang’s first truly Expressionist work, and his first deep dive into the burgeoning horror genre. Don’t dare miss your appointment with Der Müde Tod! (ALICIA FLETCHER)



Live accompaniment by Marilyn Lerner


Silent Revue is curated by Alicia Fletcher


Silent Revue is sponsored by Hollywood Suite