Revered filmmaker Fritz Lang is best known for his work in Germany (M, Metropolis), and ultimately the U.S. (The Big Heat, The Woman in the Window). What is often overlooked is Lang’s return to Germany to direct The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb. Both films, which underwent a 4K Restoration, hits Blu-ray on December 10 as Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic.
The Tiger of Eschnapur centers on Harold Berger (Paul Hubschmid), an architect who falls in love with a temple dancer named Seetha (Debra Paget) during his journey to India. Their romance leads to the wrath by Chandra (who originally commissioned Berger to India). In The Indian Tomb, the lovers are rescued by villagers in the desert, but ultimately they are given up for ransom and must find a way to survive the social and political turmoil of their environment.
Special features include audio commentaries by film historian David Kalat, The Indian Epic documentary, filmmaker Mark Rappaport’s video essay “Debra Paget, For Example,” and a 20 page booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning.