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Destiny - Wellington Film Society


Mon 26 Jun 2017, 6:15pm–7:55pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public by Donation at the door (Notes only):: $5.00
  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-month Membership: $95.00
  • Additional fees may apply

(Fritz Lang, Germany, 1921).
Rating: PG

"Called Fritz Lang’s first great movie, even by him, Destiny (1921) displays a fluency of visual expression that marks silent-era masterpieces to come as well as the primitive devices cinema is about to leave behind. Episodic in structure, Destiny is a woman’s quest to retrieve her beloved back from Death, a quest that takes her from a German small village “that time forgot” even further back in time, first to the City of Believers during Ramadan in some fictional Baghdad, then to Renaissance Venice during Carnival, and finally the imperial court in ancient China, in what are basically chases through a series of elaborately rendered set pieces.

While each epoch is distinct, they are linked by a thematic architecture: archways, pillars, walls and stairs reduced to simple iconic forms in a fusion of Gothic, Eastern and Modern influences, forging an optimistic harmony among geographies, time periods, peoples and even beliefs. Despite its retrograde notions of the exotic, the film is full of fancy and wonder, danger and excitement - a fairy tale, albeit of the Grimm variety, come to life for grownups." - Shari Kizirian, Fandor.

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