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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime) Reviews

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½ July 6, 2017
Tremendous epic crime movie from the silent era by Fritz Lang, done with all the conventions (or rather the conventions come from it) of Weimar Germany cinema. The main antagonist, the evil genius mind dr. Mabuse, is brilliantly portrayed by Rudolf Kleine-Rogger. There are many memorable now familiar scenes that influenced the crime genre forever.
May 10, 2016
Crazily paced, unfocused, but still somewhat satisfactory in the end.
½ March 30, 2015
It's wonderful to finally see Lang's first Dr. Mabuse film in it's original 4 1/2 hour cut. It's certainly a huge investment of time, but I found this to be an extremely rewarding experience. The film isn't as visually extravagant as "Metropolis", but there's some magnificent imagery here and a wonderful aura of corruption and Weimar sleaze. There's a tendency to associate silent films with broad, out-sized flamboyant acting, but I was struck by how reserved the performances really are here and by some of the incredible economy in the narrative (odd to say for a film that takes half a day to watch, but it's quite episodic and is more like a serial than a feature film). The only downside is that the copy airing on Netflix has some pretty extreme problems with interlacing that detracted a bit from the experience.
January 12, 2015
Four hours silent film sounds horrible? Though the pace itself never becomes a bother, because the great characteristics Lang created. Dr Mabuse is dealing with the dark and mystic nature of the early development of so called psychoanalysis. Telepathic mind-controlling.
July 14, 2014
Dr. Mabuse is cinema's first Evil Ingenious Criminal Mastermind and one of the best--A true stroke of genius from Lang... A Grand Spectacle!!
October 16, 2013
Dr. Mabuse is probably one of the greatest super villains in cinema history. As connected as Keyser Soze, as hypnotic as Dracula, as intelligent as Moriarty, & as ruthless as Hannibal Lecter. Too bad this first movie runs over 4 hrs; so much superb villainy gets exhausting.
½ October 5, 2013
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.
½ June 30, 2013
The character clearly suffered from the limitations of the technology of the time, and the pacing was atrocious, given that it was four and a half hours long.
June 2, 2013
A frente de seu tempo, como muitos outros clŠssicos expressionistas.
April 6, 2013
Dr. Mabuse contains the typical great traits of a Fritz Lang film. The story is intresting, the actors do a great job, and Dr. Mabuse himself is a fantastic character. There are many wonderful things about the film, but it's held back by a length, that makes it a tough watch. There is simply too much going on, and it's rather confusing to follow in part one. Part two however is simply amazing. It's too long overall, but still a great film.
½ December 5, 2012
It's a four hour long silent film but it didn't bore me not even for a second thanks to the great story & Lang's masterful direction, One of the best & most entertaining silent films I've ever seen
½ October 22, 2012
It's often meandering at times, and the length is sometimes unbearable as the pacing is not as great as it should have been. Nevertheless, I'm stunned that this was made in 1922. It's innovative and impressive on so many levels, namely the brutal honesty of it and the beautiful cinematography. Also, Rudolf Klein-Rogge is the perfect villain with those arching eyebrows and the intense stare.
½ September 15, 2012
I didn't know a silent movie could be this engaging and complicated! Dr. Mabuse is definitely the villain of the 20th century.
June 17, 2012
Insanely hypnotic and complex. Personally, I believe this is in the top 5 greatest achievements during the silent film era. Absolutely unforgettable. Essential Fritz Lang.
May 22, 2012
No one is safe from this mesmeric master of disguise. Director Fritz Lang's silent serial casts the sinister-looking Rudolf Klein-Rogge as a criminal genius. He's a blight on Weimar Germany's wealthy populace, cheating at cards to finance his larcenous schemes and indulging in kidnapping and murder when it suits him. But he's also a direct result of the era's excesses, a malefactor twisting the reigning order to his own nefarious purposes. Lang would pointedly return to this diabolical character in two subsequent films‚"1933's The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and 1960's The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse‚"that likewise placed him in counterpoint to charged historical moments
April 18, 2012
I've got to buy this movie!!!
April 2, 2012
Dr Mabuse the gambler part 1 mmg fast pace ,visualnya lazat dan terasa modern. All hail silent films!!
March 20, 2012
I feel like I've earned a thumbs up alone for watching this 4 1/2 hour silent film.
Normally, films of such length are epics with huge sets, big battles and vast landscape shots.
Dr. Mabuse is essentially a character study.

This is by far the most elaborate silent film I've seen so far - with many many intertitles to develop the characters and the plot. And it definitely needs its time to fully treat its subject.

Klein-Rogge stands out as the eponymous villain, his masks and disguises are as impressive as his acting. He is amazing and he needs to be if you take into account how much the film depends on his character.

Lang was again ahead of his time (like in every genre he has worked) - it's groundbreaking and influenced psychological thrillers and character studies for years to come.

Mabuse is a notorious gambler. He plays with human beings and fates. His addiction is most prominently depicted in two scenes with the two ladies (Cara Carozza and Gršfin Told) of the movie who both point out that his gambling will create repercussions someday.

Also impressive is the way Lang lets his protagonist get away with his crimes over and over again - he's the bad guy but for about 4 hours it looks like he'll succeed. Evil has the upper hand for a good part of the film which is remarkable for a film of this period.
Mabuse counterfeits, creates havoc at the stock market and consequently ruins the economy and his ability to control the minds of others is Lang's response to the main problems and fears of post-war Germany.

Of course it's long and you need some dedication to endure it but it's also quite sophisticated (especially for a silent) and it needs its time to develop and there are merely any meaningless scenes.
Fritz Lang yet again shows that he's a master of dramaturgy, symbols and storytelling.
February 27, 2012
Brilliant crime movie and even though it's silent you barely notice how long it is. Every scene is packed with so much drama and emotion and the actor's expressions come across honest and simple. Dr. Mabuse is a criminal mastermind with a huge gang of counterfeiters and robbers and thugs but his true love is gambling and he goes out constant in many different disguises but the way Lang lights it you know it's him right form the start. The camera angles and cinematography are really original and you see how other director's were later influenced by Lang and even his ideas about running an organized criminal outfit are also used. In the end though crime doesn't really pay and so I don't spoil it, I'll just say you'll laugh at the irony of it all.
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