Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

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July 21, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

For many, silent films are a tough sell: They’re in black and white and…silent. That said, Fritz Lang’s influential epic thriller, Dr. Mabuse, the Gamblerstarring a psychotic villain who’s as up-to-date as any Bond or Mission: Impossible baddie, is a trippy creation inflamed by the very real despair and excesses that gripped post-WWI Germany. Lang embroiders the plot’s sharp turns with startling visuals (a dancer high-kicking with giant, phallic-nosed prop heads; an overhead shot of a séance) and Klein-Rogge’s hyper, supercilious performance as the mad doctor. EXTRAS Doc, Lang bio, and stills gallery.

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

type
Movie
Genre
mpaa
Unrated
director
Fritz Lang
Cast
Rudolf Klein-Rogge,
Aud Egede Nissen
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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

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