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Moonfleet

Screening on Film
Directed by Fritz Lang.
With Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood.
US, 1955, 35mm, color, 87 min.
Print source: Warner Bros.

Little known in the US but a revered cult film throughout Europe, Moonfleet is a visually opulent and oneiric swashbuckling adventure. With the lush fantastic qualities of Lang’s late exotic Indian films, Moonfleet was Lang’s second and last film for MGM, who he had deliberately avoided after the studio unsuccessfully attempted to sabotage his first American film, Fury. Although Lang suffered another rough ride with the studio—denied final cut and challenged by studio executives throughout production—Moonfleet is nevertheless a genuine and rewarding surprise within the director’s oeuvre. Richly evocative, Moonfleet reveals a romantic and less grim, less jaundiced, yet no less fatalistic side of Lang’s cinema. 

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