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Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Thea von Harbou
Fritz Lang
Starring Lil Dagover
Walter Janssen
Bernhard Goetzke
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Hans Sternberg
Erich Pabst
Max Adalbert
Georg John
Cinematography Bruno Mondi
Erich Nitzschmann
Herrmann Saalfrank
Bruno Timm
Fritz Arno Wagner
Distributed by Decla-Bioscop
Release date(s) October 6, 1921
Running time 105 minutes
Country Germany Germany
Language Silent film
German intertitles
Preceded by Four Around a Woman
Followed by Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler

Destiny, or in the original German, Der müde Tod (Weary Death) is a 1921 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang. The German language title literally means Weary Death (in the sense of personified Death); the film was originally released in the United States as Behind the Wall and in the United Kingdom as Destiny, the title under which it has been reissued on DVD . The film, rich in special effects, is structured as a frame tale with three stories within the story.


In the Expressionistic frame story, in which human lives are each represented by a candle, Death grants a woman three chances to save her lover, if love can triumph over death. The three stories within the story each occur in a setting that is nominally historic, but really in the realm of fantasy: an adventure tale with a Persian setting out of the Arabian Nights, a Renaissance Venetian romance, and a largely comic story set in China.

Douglas Fairbanks purchased the American rights, to delay its general American release while he copied the effects of the Persian segment for his 1924 The Thief of Baghdad. [1]

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