5th June, 2017

DER MÜDE TOD, Fritz Lang’s expressionist fable of life… and death, opens in cinemas (UK & Ireland) from Friday


Before directing numerous genre defining masterpieces such as MetropolisM, and Spione, Fritz Lang was already defying cinematic conventions with Der müde Tod (literally, The Weary Death). 

A young woman (Lil Dagover) confronts the personification of Death (Bernhard Goetzke), in an effort to save the life of her fiancé (Walter Janssen). Death weaves three romantic tragedies and offers to unite the girl with her lover, if she can prevent the death of the lovers in at least one of the episodes. Thus begin three exotic scenarios of ill-fated love, in which the woman must somehow reverse the course of destiny: Persia, Quattrocento Venice, and a fancifully rendered ancient China.  

Rich in expressionist imagery and featuring innovative special effects work, Der müde Tod has often been overlooked amongst Lang’s early work, but has been hugely influential, with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel citing it as a direct influence on their work. Now in 2017, in a new restoration by Anke Wilkening on behalf of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, this definitive presentation of Der müde Tod preserves the original German intertitles and simulates the historic colour tinting and toning of its initial release.  The film is accompanied by a newly-composed score by Cornelius Schwehr as a commissioned composition by ZDF / ARTE which was originally performed by the 70-member Berlin Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Frank Strobel, at Berlinale 2016.

Check out our New and Exclusively commissioned trailer here 

Der müde Tod will be released in selected cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) from 9 June 2017.


Full details of cinemas screening the film will be listed here, on this page, as and when the screenings are confirmed: 

There are currently no screenings scheduled...


Der müde Tod has previously screened at the following festival and cinemas:

London, Curzon Soho [Enthusiasm Screening], 4 June 2017 (1 day)

London, BFI Southbank, 9 June 2017 (14 days) 

London, Institute for Contemporary Arts (The ICA), 9 June 2017 

London, Cine Lumiere, 9 June 2017 (5 days) 

Manchester, Home, 9 June 2017 (7 days) 

Edinburgh, Filmhouse, 9 June 2017 (4 days)  

Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 9 June 2017 

Dublin, Irish Film Institute (IFI), 9 June 2017 (7 days) 

Belfast, Queen's Film Theatre (QFT), 9 June 2017 (6 days) 

London, Curzon Bloomsbury, 10 June 2017 (1 day) 

London, Barbican Cinema, 11 June 2017 (1 day) 

Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), 12 June 2017 (4 days) 

Scarborough, Stephen Joseph Theatre, 12 June 2017 (1 day) 

Sheffield, Showroom Cinema, 15 June 2017 (1 day) 

Clevedon, Curzon Cinema & Arts, 18 June 2017 (1 day) 

London, Hackney Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

London, Stratford East Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

London, Greenwich Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day) 

London, Clapham Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

London, Ritzy Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

London, Central Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

London, East Dulwich Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

London, Crouch End Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

London, Gate Picturehouse Notting Hill, 19 June 2017 (1 day) 

Bradford, Picturehouse at the National Media Museum, 19 June 2017 (1 day) 

Brighton, Dukes of Yorks Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day) 

Edinburgh, Cameo Cinema, 19 June 2017 (1 day) 

Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day) 

Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

Norwich, Cinema City, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day)  

York, York Picturehouse, 19 June 2017 (1 day) 

Dundee, DCA, 01 July 2017 (1 day) 

Aberystwyth, Arts Centre, 14 July 2017 (1 day)

London, Regent Street Cinema, 16 July 2017 (1 day) 

Croydon, David Lean Cinema, 18 July 2017 (1 day)

Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace, 23 & 24 July 2017 (2 days)

Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre, 30 July & 1 Aug 2017 (2 days)





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