- Michael H. Hoffheimer
Lang, Fritz (05 December 1890–02 August 1976), film director, was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Anton Lang, a prominent architect, and Paula Schlesinger. Lang seemed destined to emulate his father when he took up architecture at the Technical High School of Vienna. But drawn increasingly to painting, he transferred to the Academy of Graphic Arts and then studied at the State School of Arts and Crafts in Munich (1908–1910). At the age of twenty he began traveling the world, working as an itinerant artist and designer in Asia, North Africa, and the South Pacific. Arrested in Paris as an alien at the outbreak of World War I, he returned to Vienna where he entered the Austrian army. Wounded repeatedly (blinded in his right eye), he reached the rank of lieutenant and was decorated for service....