So, that's how a Fritz Lang Bond movie would have looked like...
After being utterly amazed by the 4.5 hour Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, I decided to check out the other parts of the "series" (at least the ones that Lang directed). Coincidentally, the Viennale film festival features a Fritz Lang tribute this year and so I could watch them both on the big screen. Because of scheduling issues I had to watch the last entry - Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse - before 1933's Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse.
Anyways, this is an entertaining little flick with strong American influence (Lang did this after his time in Hollywood - it's his last ever directing job btw) and surprisingly little finesse and artfulness. Not that it's not a good film or way better than most other similar movies but this is purely entertainment cinema for the masses.
With the tricks he learned in his Hollywood Noirs, Lang made the last Dr. Mabuse a combination of film noir, his own distinctive style, typical Dr. Mabuse themes (surveillance, bogus supernaturalism,...) and a certain flair reminiscent of the upcoming spy films of the 60s.
More than once I was reminded of the early Bond films - the silly shootings, the quirky gadgets and the dated über-technology features (and of course the presence of Gert Fröbe). Only the strong male hero was missing and there wasn't a menacing villain either but at least a poor female whose only purpose is to fall in love with a man she actually should fight.
I liked it, and it's fairly good entertainment but way more superficial than I expected.