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A.k.a.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Year
1933
Runtime
122 min.
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
7.9
Votes *
8,163
Checks
2,999
Favs
324
Dislikes
18
Favs/checks
10.8% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
18:1
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  1. sammysin's avatar

    sammysin

    Another masterpiece by Lang. 12 years 2 months ago
  2. Dieguito's avatar

    Dieguito

    Great psychological thriller! 12 years 5 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Dr. Mabuse is a name I'd heard, a pulp villain who would give Moriarty or Fu Manchu a run for their money (he even went up against Sherlock Holmes in the old TV series, didn't he?), but my first exposure to the character has him pretty much working from beyond the quote-unquote grave in Fritz Lang's The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, a sequel to another of his films, adapted from the original novel during his silent period. Shades of M, the film has a procedural bent as police try to figure out the complex crimes being committed in Mabuse's name, even though the master criminal has been catatonic since the events of the first film. His creepy terrorism manifesto is in play though, so is someone following his blueprint for anarchy, or is he running the show from a mental institution. Or possibly... both? We also follow an unwilling participant in the crimes trying to make a fresh start with his lady love, and how they have to get out of one of Mabuse's death traps, a pretty cool sequence. Lang once again presents interesting characters in well thought-out situations, and he pleasantly uses a lot of trick photography to simulate mad visions, but also to create effective transitions. With so many plot threads running, he's also his usual unrestrained self, but while you may wonder if it's all necessary, there are moments even in the superfluous romance that you wouldn't want to part with. 4 years 11 months ago
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