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756 Ratings

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler

Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

Directed by Fritz Lang
Germany, 1922
Crime, Thriller, Silent


Dr. Mabuse, a sinister psychologist, criminal kingpin, and master of disguise, toys with the weaknesses of the rich and influential. Soon, he attracts the attention of a star police inspector, who hounds his “mystery man” across Berlin.

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler Directed by Fritz Lang

Critics reviews

Superimpositions and juxtaposition craft meaning, while Lang readily proves himself the all-time best director of throngs, mobs comprising undulating, reaching arms gesturing together in hive-mind desire.
June 26, 2015
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Why is Dr. Mabuse such a forward-looking piece of modern cinema? [It’s] comparatively realistic, treating its tale of psychological control and villainy with a relatively straightforward visual approach. The editing alternates between master shots and close-ups; rich, contrasty cinematography and highly detailed mise-en-scène lend a solidity to the film’s many environments, even those (such as the dual-level Petit Casino) that verge on the abstraction Lang will explore more fully in later films.
April 04, 2013
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Visions, sets and even words come alive in Lang’s epic, where not even cinema itself escapes scrutiny: An auteur of many fictions, the villain at one point conjures up images that literally spill off the screen into the audience.
March 18, 2013
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