It’s an unsettling way to begin an unsettling book.
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The door of the building where the trapped man exits at the startis arched, which is echoed by a curving gutter region immediatelybelow in the sidewalk.
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The underworld jeweler has many circular and triangular disheson his work bench - echoed by the curved triangular containersnext to his assistant's stove.
Lang draws on several movie traditions, as well.
The fountain in the German village, and the fountain on whichthe hero sits at the end of the Venetian episode, have tall poles,out of which come spigots standing straight out, in numerous directions.
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Bird imagery is everywhere in the German sequence of ,including the goose of the old lady in the carriage, the birdfed by the minister, the owl, the apothecary's bird on the skeleton.
It shows the rich inventionfound throughout .
Similarly, in , the garden outdoorsopens through doorways to the inside sets of the house - and wealways see the staircase inside the house through the door - thestaircase where the murder was committed.
will not be Lang's only Germanfilm with an American at its center.
Death's giant wall, and the huge wall with the murals of the sky,past which the hero walks in Venice, are like the giant wall abovethe staircase in .