Destiny

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A 1921 film by Fritz Lang. It was a very good silent film. The reconstruction and restoration of the film seems to have been very well done. This is one of the better films from the era that I’ve seen. The effects were very ambitious and surprisingly well done. I also appreciated the use of the color tints to indicate different locations, times of day, and effects like red for fire. The title cards were very well done too, different scenes take place in East Asia and the Middle East and they edited the German script to resemble the languages of those regions which was a nice touch. For a silent film I thought the acting was pretty good too. This is definitely one of the better edited films of the time; there are relatively few jump cuts and they are matched pretty well. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the score… I’m not sure if it would have been the original music or if it was just used for this production but it didn’t always match the mood of the scenes. I think it would also have been better if the music matched the exotic locations like East Asia and the Middle East. Many of the sets and costumes were very well done as well, for which I was a bit surprised. I thought the story was also pretty good with the setup and then the three vignettes.

The effects and editing make this a stand out for me.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.