The recent passing of William Friedkin has sent me down a rabbit hole of watching his old interviews and gleaning some wisdom wherever I can.
That rabbit hole unlocked this 1975 interview with Fritz Lang, which covers an incredibly wide array of topics, from his meeting with Goebbels to his work in filmmaking to art in general.
For those who don't know, Fritz Lang was a pioneer of cinema known for his groundbreaking works such as Metropolis and M.
During the interview, Friedkin likely delves into Lang's vast experiences and contributions to the world of cinema. And in my favorite part, Lang points out that Friedkin assumes there is a clear agenda behind his films when that is not true. He just made them.
Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (1975) - sub ITAwww.youtube.com
Overall, the interview serves as a meeting of minds between two cinematic luminaries, one at the start of his career and one at the end of his life. There's poignant poetry in that.
This exchange not only highlights Lang's enduring influence but also provides a platform for a thoughtful discussion on the evolution of cinema and its enduring power to captivate and inspire audiences.
Let me know what you think when you watch it.
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