The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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Fritz Lang directed this sequel to his nearly four-hour Dr. Mabuse silent of 1922 (often shown in two parts, Dr. Mabuse: Der Spieler/The Gambler and Dr. Mabuse: King of Crime). The film opens with Detective Hofmeister (Karl Meixner) spying on the activities of a criminal syndicate. Not realizing he has been seen, Hofmeister is attacked by the thugs and later turns up out of his mind. He is placed in the institution of Professor Baum (Oscar Beregi), who becomes increasingly obsessed with another
Jan 1, 1933 Wide
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The story is very long-winded and even an ingenious director like Fritz Lang could not prevent its being rather slow-moving in places.
By 1932, the character had become rather more than just king villain of the serials: Testament finds him mouthing undisguised Nazi slogans from his asylum prison.
It is a hallucinating and horrifying story, depicted with great power and the extraordinary beauty of photography that Lang has led his admirers to expect.
The movie captures an air of dread, despair, and individual impotence -- a political atmosphere that meshed perfectly with Lang's raging paranoia.
Fritz Lang's suspense masterpiece starts with a kick and then piles on the subterfuge, suspense and terror.
[Lang's] ambitious command of the medium...keeps us rooted to our seats from start to finish.
So while lauded by the wine-swirling art-house set, Lang was a German master whose films -- and there are a lot of them -- also appeal to those of us who rarely use the phrase 'mise en scène' in conversation.
Testament is still a great film that provides a perfect summation of Lang's German career.
This absolutely riveting crime film by Fritz Lang demonstrates the height of taut, suspenseful filmmaking.
The most notorious of the [Dr. Mabuse movies], simply because it was the film that helped trigger Lang's flight from Nazi Germany.
Not only the most modern-looking film of 1932, it still looks modern today.
This important, controversial work from one of cinema's great early masters is more than a mere museum piece -- it's also spellbinding entertainment.
Lang used Mabuse as a symbol for corruption and decadence in Germany's Weimar Republic.
A haunting, suspenseful sequel to the great Fritz Lang's 1922 silent Dr. Mabuse the Gambler.
Audience Reviews for The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse
- Commissioner Karl Lohmann: Ma - Bu - Se...Mabuse.
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