The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is celebrating the visionary Austrian-born director Fritz Lang (1890-1976) with a new seven-film retrospective, "Master of Darkness: The Testaments of Fritz Lang," which opens Thursday. Lang was one of the masters of post-World War I German Expressionist cinema. But he fled to the U.S. after Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels pushed him to head the German UFA studio after the Nazis came to power. The series includes both his German classics (1927's "Metropolis," 1931's "M") and his U.S. features (1945's "Scarlet Street," 1953's "The Big Heat"). For more information go to http://www.americancinematheque.com. Pictured: Gustav Fröhlich in "Metropolis."
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