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LANG FRITZ: (1890-1976) Austro-Hungarian born film director whose works include the ground-breaking futuristic Metropolis (1927) and the influential film noir precursor M (1931). A good series of seven T.Ls.S., Fritz Lang, thirteen pages (total), 4to, most Beverly Hills, California, April 1963 - November 1964, all to the writer Alfred Eibel, in German. Lang writes to his correspondent concerning their project to write a book about Lang, extracts from the letters include -(i) 'Unfortunately I'm not really in a position to delve further into your project at the moment. I'm head over heels working on my next film, going to Rome and Capri in two days and then having to go back to Munich and then Berlin and London…..I won't be able to deal with your project for four to five months, with the best will in the world. I'm very sorry, but unfortunately I can't give you any further information at the moment. I just want to tell you that…..about 8 to 10 days ago, a book on the same basis as you intend to do yours has been published by Seghers in Paris. It's called "Fritz Lang" and was written by Luc Moullet' (25th April 1963)(ii) 'I read that the book about me has already been published….business and health reasons have prevented me from writing to you…..I've been taking the trouble to look up old files for the last few days and will try to send you some photocopies of American articles I've written…..I'm also very anxious that you will include in this book an essay by my long time collaborator and editor of my films, Gene Fowler….' (22nd January 1964)(iii) 'I have reviewed the material you have sent to Hollywood for use in the book and I shall comment on that first…..I have the following very important things to say; the "Writings by Fritz Lang" you have given are from Germany, as far as I can remember, mostly from the press offices of the respective companies for which I make the films….have been written by Thea von Harbou and are not mine…..I would not like these articles to be published in your book under my name. If you would send me the German articles from the period 1919 to 1933 in German, I would read them as soon as possible and write back to you immediately which articles are, to the best of my knowledge and belief, mine. I will send you a number of original articles of mine…..Preface by Fritz Lang to "Famous Films" by H. A. V. Bullied, delivered as speech at the occasion of showing of "M". The Frog and I by Fritz Lang (referring to an insert shot for "You Only Live Once")…..Why Am I Interested in Murder? By Fritz Lang…..The Freedom of the Screen by Fritz Lang (published in Theatre Arts December 1947)…..Happily Ever After by Fritz Lang (published in Penguin Film Review…..1948), I Do Not Believe in Censorship by Fritz Lang….. These articles are very important to me, and since you yourself write that you are very poor in terms of material from me and about me from 1936 to 1956, this is certainly a full substitute for any German articles that are missing. I am also sending you a number of the interviews and articles about me you have requested…..regarding your request regarding the manuscript Unter ausschluss der oeffentlichkeit (Translation: With the Exclusion of the Public) I would be happy to authorise you to publish it…..Chapters 2 and 6 you are planning are not entirely clear to me. In chapter 2 you write "Filmography from 1919-1962" and in Chapter 6 write "New Filmography". About what do you want to write in this chapter? My coming to Europe has been postponed from February to March 1964. I will let you know in good time when and where I can be reached in Europe and I hope that we will still have time to sit down and talk in detail about the individual articles so that there are no errors in your book, which could give rise to unwanted criticism' (1st February 1964)(iv) 'I hope you enjoyed my stay and long conversations….I know it was very tiring and certainly not always easy….but believe me I was very happy…..and everything I said was in sincere favour to you…..My house is always open to you…..I remember that you promised me four examples of your book…..Unfortunately these books have still not arrived…..I was in Washington until November 9th, but the mentioned booklets had not arrived there by then. Neither are they here in Beverly Hills….and I am now in a terrible dilemma…..But maybe you made a mistake and you still have the booklets in your possession. If so, please forward them to me immediately in Beverly Hills. And be so kind as to send me the four copies of your book you promised me by air mail at the same time. Of course, I will pay you for the postage costs' (10th November 1964)(v) 'Unfortunately I only got around to replying to your long letter of 26th December today. I'm sure you've had some wrong thoughts, God knows what, but the delay has nothing to do with you personally, dear Eibel, but with an accident I had in Washington…..I slipped on one of the many steps leading up to public buildings in Washington….and sprained my hand…..I've been back in Beverly Hills for about 8 days now and can finally write to you. Of course, I was extremely interested in what you wrote to me about Joris Ivens Mistral-Film. I'm surprised you don't think he can handle the "big machine"….I consider him one of the best documentary film directors. But Mistral is certainly a topic that naturally brings with it a lot of distractions…..Thanks for translating Career Girl. I know how difficult it is to translate from one language to another without losing the flair….Of course we have to see each other…..I would like to talk to you about the new edition of your book. You write quite correctly that the American contributions are pretty superficial with few exceptions. That goes without saying, because each and every one of my employees will of course only write in general terms. On the one hand because they don't want to get in trouble with me for later films, on the other hand because they are all in the same situation in front of me, since they usually perform and do what the director decides…..Mr Gerard Legrand…..wrote me a letter in which he writes that it says in your book that I said that in the film "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" many cuts were made without my consent. At the moment I don't know if that's true, but I want to write to him about it one of these days' (4th March 1965)(vi) 'My distrust of the German doctors has once again come true because although the doctor told me I could go to London, the pain got worse again and I decided without further ado to postpone my London affairs to September and to fly back to America to see my doctors. I survived the 14-hour flight relatively well with the help of painkillers….Here I went to my doctors, who only shrugged off the negligence and inadequacy of German x-rays….What I am going to write now, dear Eibel, is only for you and I ask that you do not speak to anyone about this......A good series of letters with interesting content. Generally VG, 7Alfred Eibel (1932- ) published his work Fritz Lang in Paris in 1964 and also contributed to the documentary Fritz Lang - Circle of Destiny in 1998.OWING TO LIMITATIONS IMPOSED BY THE SALEROOM THE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION FOR THIS LOT CANNOT BE SHOWN - PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY FOR THE FULL DESCRIPTION
LANG FRITZ: (1890-1976) Austro-Hungarian born film director whose works include the ground-breaking futuristic Metropolis (1927) and the influential film noir precursor M (1931). A good series of seven T.Ls.S., Fritz Lang, thirteen pages (total), 4to, most Beverly Hills, California, April 1963 - November 1964, all to the writer Alfred Eibel, in German. Lang writes to his correspondent concerning their project to write a book about Lang, extracts from the letters include -(i) 'Unfortunately I'm not really in a position to delve further into your project at the moment. I'm head over heels working on my next film, going to Rome and Capri in two days and then having to go back to Munich and then Berlin and London…..I won't be able to deal with your project for four to five months, with the best will in the world. I'm very sorry, but unfortunately I can't give you any further information at the moment. I just want to tell you that…..about 8 to 10 days ago, a book on the same basis as you intend to do yours has been published by Seghers in Paris. It's called "Fritz Lang" and was written by Luc Moullet' (25th April 1963)(ii) 'I read that the book about me has already been published….business and health reasons have prevented me from writing to you…..I've been taking the trouble to look up old files for the last few days and will try to send you some photocopies of American articles I've written…..I'm also very anxious that you will include in this book an essay by my long time collaborator and editor of my films, Gene Fowler….' (22nd January 1964)(iii) 'I have reviewed the material you have sent to Hollywood for use in the book and I shall comment on that first…..I have the following very important things to say; the "Writings by Fritz Lang" you have given are from Germany, as far as I can remember, mostly from the press offices of the respective companies for which I make the films….have been written by Thea von Harbou and are not mine…..I would not like these articles to be published in your book under my name. If you would send me the German articles from the period 1919 to 1933 in German, I would read them as soon as possible and write back to you immediately which articles are, to the best of my knowledge and belief, mine. I will send you a number of original articles of mine…..Preface by Fritz Lang to "Famous Films" by H. A. V. Bullied, delivered as speech at the occasion of showing of "M". The Frog and I by Fritz Lang (referring to an insert shot for "You Only Live Once")…..Why Am I Interested in Murder? By Fritz Lang…..The Freedom of the Screen by Fritz Lang (published in Theatre Arts December 1947)…..Happily Ever After by Fritz Lang (published in Penguin Film Review…..1948), I Do Not Believe in Censorship by Fritz Lang….. These articles are very important to me, and since you yourself write that you are very poor in terms of material from me and about me from 1936 to 1956, this is certainly a full substitute for any German articles that are missing. I am also sending you a number of the interviews and articles about me you have requested…..regarding your request regarding the manuscript Unter ausschluss der oeffentlichkeit (Translation: With the Exclusion of the Public) I would be happy to authorise you to publish it…..Chapters 2 and 6 you are planning are not entirely clear to me. In chapter 2 you write "Filmography from 1919-1962" and in Chapter 6 write "New Filmography". About what do you want to write in this chapter? My coming to Europe has been postponed from February to March 1964. I will let you know in good time when and where I can be reached in Europe and I hope that we will still have time to sit down and talk in detail about the individual articles so that there are no errors in your book, which could give rise to unwanted criticism' (1st February 1964)(iv) 'I hope you enjoyed my stay and long conversations….I know it was very tiring and certainly not always easy….but believe me I was very happy…..and everything I said was in sincere favour to you…..My house is always open to you…..I remember that you promised me four examples of your book…..Unfortunately these books have still not arrived…..I was in Washington until November 9th, but the mentioned booklets had not arrived there by then. Neither are they here in Beverly Hills….and I am now in a terrible dilemma…..But maybe you made a mistake and you still have the booklets in your possession. If so, please forward them to me immediately in Beverly Hills. And be so kind as to send me the four copies of your book you promised me by air mail at the same time. Of course, I will pay you for the postage costs' (10th November 1964)(v) 'Unfortunately I only got around to replying to your long letter of 26th December today. I'm sure you've had some wrong thoughts, God knows what, but the delay has nothing to do with you personally, dear Eibel, but with an accident I had in Washington…..I slipped on one of the many steps leading up to public buildings in Washington….and sprained my hand…..I've been back in Beverly Hills for about 8 days now and can finally write to you. Of course, I was extremely interested in what you wrote to me about Joris Ivens Mistral-Film. I'm surprised you don't think he can handle the "big machine"….I consider him one of the best documentary film directors. But Mistral is certainly a topic that naturally brings with it a lot of distractions…..Thanks for translating Career Girl. I know how difficult it is to translate from one language to another without losing the flair….Of course we have to see each other…..I would like to talk to you about the new edition of your book. You write quite correctly that the American contributions are pretty superficial with few exceptions. That goes without saying, because each and every one of my employees will of course only write in general terms. On the one hand because they don't want to get in trouble with me for later films, on the other hand because they are all in the same situation in front of me, since they usually perform and do what the director decides…..Mr Gerard Legrand…..wrote me a letter in which he writes that it says in your book that I said that in the film "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" many cuts were made without my consent. At the moment I don't know if that's true, but I want to write to him about it one of these days' (4th March 1965)(vi) 'My distrust of the German doctors has once again come true because although the doctor told me I could go to London, the pain got worse again and I decided without further ado to postpone my London affairs to September and to fly back to America to see my doctors. I survived the 14-hour flight relatively well with the help of painkillers….Here I went to my doctors, who only shrugged off the negligence and inadequacy of German x-rays….What I am going to write now, dear Eibel, is only for you and I ask that you do not speak to anyone about this......A good series of letters with interesting content. Generally VG, 7Alfred Eibel (1932- ) published his work Fritz Lang in Paris in 1964 and also contributed to the documentary Fritz Lang - Circle of Destiny in 1998.OWING TO LIMITATIONS IMPOSED BY THE SALEROOM THE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION FOR THIS LOT CANNOT BE SHOWN - PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY FOR THE FULL DESCRIPTION

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