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Fritz Lang's Indian Epic

Fritz Lang's Indian Epic

4 Episodes

This 4K restoration of FRITZ LANG'S INDIAN EPIC presents the films THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR and THE INDIAN TOMB as they were originally created in 1959. These films are a product of their time and contain cultural and racial depictions that viewers may find offensive.

Architect Paul Hubschmid, en route to the (mythical) Eschnapur to build schools and hospitals, fends off a tiger that’s attacked Eurasian dancer Debra Paget (Broken Arrow, The Ten Commandments and erstwhile Elvis leading lady), then falls hard – but the maharajah who’s hired him may have other ideas. Dazzlingly shot in color on previously closed-to-the-public Indian locations, with Paget’s risqué snake dance (in an apparently glued-on costume) a highlight. Previously seen in the U.S. in a cut-in-half version, this is Lang’s completely restored epic. Lang’s return to Germany, via India, was also a return to a silent film he co-scripted with then-wife Thea von Harbou but didn’t get to direct.

DIRECTED BY FRITZ LANG
GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY | 1959 | GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Fritz Lang's Indian Epic
  • The Tiger of Eschnapur

    Episode 1

    This 4K restoration of The Tiger of Eschnapur is presented as it was originally created in 1959. It is a product of its time and contains cultural and racial depictions that viewers may find offensive.

    While traveling to Eschnapur, architect Harald Berger (Paul Hubschmid) crosses paths with Seet...

  • The Indian Tomb

    Episode 2

    This 4K restoration of The Indian Tomb is presented as it was originally created in 1959. It is a product of its time and contains cultural and racial depictions that viewers may find offensive.

    After fleeing from Chandra (Walther Reyer), the Maharaja of Eschnapur, the doomed lovers Harald Berge...

  • The Indian Epic documentary

    Episode 3

  • Debra Paget, For Example

    Episode 4

    Debra Paget was a contract player for 20th Century-Fox, whom they groomed and coached for stardom. She had a ten year run during the 1950s as an above-the-title star, but left it all at the age of 29, never to return to the screen. Acclaimed filmmaker Mark Rappaport presents a reconsideration of ...