...a bit unwieldy in terms of structure, but it's worth the sit for the eventual flashes of Lang's visual genius.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Visions, sets and even words come alive in Lang's epic
Though disjointed and poorly paced and the plot makes little sense, there are inspirational moments throughout.
| Original Score: B-
One of the silent era's best and most exciting epics, the hyper-modern Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler has scarcely aged a day in nearly ninety years.
| Original Score: 95/100
Uneven but sometimes outstanding film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Straightforward enough -- but also unique enough -- to provide an excellent primer to Lang's early work.
| Original Score: 4/4
This Mabuse has only pretensions to myth; he's as mortal as they come and Lang's film slowly (very slowly) leads him down a Fibonacci-spiraled path to the one true salvation--insanity.
| Original Score: 3/4
In Europe Mabuse is as familiar an icon of horror as Count Dracula or Frankenstein's Monster. It began here, with Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler ('...the Gambler').
Lang's introduction to Mabuse is typical of his early work in being disorganised and erratically paced as a narrative, but shot through with flashes of inspiration.
This is wonderfully exuberant cinema, delighting in the possibilities of the art form.
Plays like the stream of a not very pleasant consciousness.