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Dr Mabuse Der Spieler

Dr Mabuse Der Spieler

Fritz Lang ,

Film Summary

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281

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1.33:1

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Black & White

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English (optional)

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World Cinema

One of the legendary epics of the silent cinema — and the first part of a trilogy that Fritz Lang developed up to the very end of his career — Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler. [Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler.] is a masterpiece of conspiracy that, even as it precedes the mind-blowing Spione from the close of Lang’s silent cycle, constructs its own dark labyrinth from the base materials of human fear and paranoia.

Rudolf Klein-Rogge plays Dr. Mabuse, the criminal mastermind whose nefarious machinations provide the cover for — or describe the result of — the economic upheaval and social bacchanalia at the heart of Weimar-era Berlin. Initiated with the arch-villain’s diabolical manipulation of the stock-market, and passing through a series of dramatic events based around hypnotism, charlatanism, hallucinations, Chinese incantations, cold-blooded murder, opiate narcosis and cocaine anxiety, Lang’s film maintains an unrelenting power all the way to the final act… which culminates in the terrifying question: “WHERE IS MABUSE?!”

A bridge between Feuillade’s somnambulistic serial-films and modern media-narratives of elusive robber-barons, Lang’s two-part classic set the template for the director’s greatest works: social commentary as superpsychology, poised at the brink of combustion. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Lang’s early masterpiece in its fully-restored version on Blu-ray in 1080p for the first time ever.

Credits & Cast

  • Dr. Mabuse
    Rudolf Klein-Rogge

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£11.99

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EKA70119
2 Discs
#69

  • New, officially licensed 1080p presentation of the film
  • New and improved optional English subtitles with original German-language intertitles
  • Exclusive feature-length audio commentary by film-scholar and Lang expert David Kalat
  • Three video pieces: an interview with the composer of the restoration score; a discussion of Norbert Jacques, creator of Dr. Mabuse; and an examination of the film’s motifs in the context of German silent cinema
  • 32-PAGE BOOKLET featuring vintage reprints of writing by Lang and rare archival imagery.

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