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Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse)(Diabolical Dr. Mabuse) Reviews

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July 31, 2015
Fritz Lang would make three films featuring the Dr. Mabuse character. The second one, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), filmed in Germany, is a brilliant and prophetic work in which the parallels between Dr. Mabuse and Adolf Hitler are quite obvious. Hitler liked Lang's films and according to Lang, Joseph Goebbels, who banned The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, nevertheless offered him a position as the head of German film studio UFA.  Lang, part Jewish, left Germany that very evening. In America Lang was successful as a filmmaker though he wasn't well liked by actors, particularly Henry Fonda, who resented his autocratic behavior. By 1960, Lang, then 70, was unable to find work in Hollywood and agreed to travel to Germany to remake The Indian Tomb, a film he had developed in the 20's but didn't get a chance to direct. When that was finished, producer Artur Brauner suggested a remake of Testament of Dr. Mabuse but Lang persuaded him to let him make a new installment of the series. There was to be a production with English actors as well but financial support was withdrawn when Lang refused to agree to working with a co-director. Thus we only have the German version which unfortunately was dubbed for US and UK release. I might have enjoyed this film a little more if it had been in German with English subtitles but it still suffers from an incoherent plot and dialogue that sounds as though it was written by high school students. The last fifteen minutes manages to be somewhat exciting though full of improbabilities but the final scene is as sappy as they come. Yet the film was successful and led to a series of new Mabuse films though none were directed by Lang who was by then nearly blind. He died in Los Angeles in 1976.
May 15, 2015
Fritz Lang's penultimate film is not one of his classics, but it sure is a lot of fun.
January 23, 2015
A great german return for the third and final act of Langs Dr. Mabuse trilogy. Nearly thrity years after the seconds chapter and nearly fourthy after the first part, its as exciting as the others. The story are building through the whole film and every piece falls into order at the intense and thrilling end.
½ November 1, 2012
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.
½ January 3, 2012
Lang continues his partnership with Artur Brauner, revisiting the criminal mastermind that played such a big role in his German career, comes out with a sometimes confusing, stilted, but typically Langian spy thriller worthy enough to stand as the last gasp of an aging, blinding, master.
Super Reviewer
½ November 12, 2011
"The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse," director Fritz Lang's final film, is a belated sequel to "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler" (1922) and "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" (1933). What a poetic way to bring a long, storied career to a full-circle close.

Criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse was believed to be long dead, but apparently has resurfaced. His sights are on the vast fortune of young industrialist Henry Travers. A mysterious shooter, presumably one of Mabuse's goons, is killing people using not bullets but steel needles (skillfully fired into the brain). Inspector Kras (Gert Frobe, best known for playing "Goldfinger") is on the case -- suspicions center on the elegant Luxor hotel -- but Mabuse remains an elusive, wily villain. An old, blind psychic named Cornelius provides clues, but his wisdom may not be reliable. Meanwhile, a cautious love blooms between Travers and distraught Marion Menil. Too bad she already has a husband.

The film's glaring problem is simply that it's so creaky and low-budget. It was released in 1960 but, at a glance, one easily might guess the film was made in the '30s or '40s.
August 17, 2011
A nice end to Fritz Lang's career. Decent thriller.
August 19, 2010
Very, very excellent and awesome and stuff. That's my articulate summation. Basically a barrel of fun that is both progressive and a throwback. Loved Frobe, loved Werner Peters, loved Dawn Addams (Peter Van Eyck is perhaps a tad bland, but whatever). The characters are all so entertaining on their own merits, and the plot moves at a cracking pace. I enjoyed it so much that I think I really should go back and check out the few highly regarded Lang films I didn't give a fair shake (M in particular I watched while under a fever, and lapsed in an out of consciousness... not wise). But basically, a real kick-ass swan song, I'd say. And, more surprisingly - a great third installment in a trilogy.
½ May 16, 2010
Crackerjack Mabuse caper, with plenty of trademark twists.
December 18, 2009
This is what camp is all about. Never lies about it in any fancy work and still a fun detective story. Utterly fascinating.
December 11, 2009
Very prescient on the theme of surveillance.
½ November 6, 2009
In his Last Movie the Master Fritz Lang let the legendary Dr. Mabuse come back this is the Beginning of a new Dr. Mabuse Series
August 13, 2009
I liked the Testament of Dr. Mabuse more, but this was a decent sequel. Had some thrill seeking moments.
Super Reviewer
½ July 5, 2009
A solid Thriller by the late Fritz Lang and his last movie before he become completely blind. The movie has the feel of a British B-Spy Movie and unfolds with a steady pace. As you may expect by Lang, one of German Expressionist cinemas strongest represants, the visual style is interesting and sometimes even excellent. Unfortunately, the genius only comes through in limited numbers, during the "Seance" or "Showdown" sequence.

Still, Gert Fröbe is a solid lead, but one can see why he has been seldomly cast as hero because he is way too bulky in his acting and should play characters who are either evil or ambigious. The rest of the cast is okay, nothing worth the mention really.

Al in all, recommended to fans of the genre and people looking for something slightly different than your average American thriller, but nothing spectacular and can be missed. Better check out the silent classic versions of Mabuse by Fritz Lang
October 25, 2008
Ok watching. Kind of James Bond style agents triller.
½ July 15, 2008
it may was a masterpice at 1952, but not now
April 28, 2008
Not really in the same league as Lang's earlier films about Mabuse, but a chilling, tough, taught and fascinating film just the same.
April 25, 2008
Very good even though Lang was almost blind by the time that he made this. Better than many made by those with two good eyes.
½ February 27, 2008
Very enjoyable, but it pales in comparison to Fritz's other Mabuse films. This series desperately needs a modern installment.
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