- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Tinted
- Released: November 7, 2000
- Originally Released: 1921
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Mono - Natural sound/Music
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Fritz Lang (METROPOLIS, M, THE BIG HEAT) creates an allegory of love, death and faith in this elaborate tale of a woman's quest to test fate. Realizing that her husband has been taken away by Death--literally, dragged out by an old cloaked man symbolizing the end of life--a young woman tries in desperation to bring him back. After a vision of lost souls marching into Death's property, the woman faints and is taken to the herbalist's house, where in despair, she takes a vial of poison. As the woman faces Death, he presents her with three flickering lights, which represent three lives about to end. Death tells her he is tired of his duties and dislikes seeing so much human suffering, but that no one has the power to defeat him. If she can save any of the three lives represented by the candles before her, Death promises to return her lover to her. From there, the heroine travels through ancient Baghdad, Italy, and China, learning the three tragic love stories of the three people who are about to lose their lives. While the woman races against fate and time, Lang uses complex special effects and subtle expressionist cinematography to create compelling moods and atmospheres of urgency and mysticism.
Description by Image Entertainment:
This beautiful gothic fantasy was inspired by a childhood dream of its writer/director, Fritz Lang, who first gained world recognition with this film's triumph. "Destiny" is the story of a young man taken by Death just as he is to be married. His lover makes a deal with the Death figure--if she can save one of three possible lives, her fiance will be returned to her. Otherworldly atmosphere is created by extraordinary, bizarre sets, gothic lighting, and eccentric characters combined with spectacle and camera trickery astonishing for its time. With its many magical and haunting images, "Destiny" still possesses real power to impress the imagination!
- DESTINY premiered in Germany on October 7, 1921.
- DESTINY was Fritz Lang's first full collaboration with his future wife and long-time collaborator, Thea von Harbou.
- DESTINY is a silent film.