Beautifully shot crime film with a lot of experimentation and cool camera angels which seemed to be the normal case during the pre-WW2 Fritz Lang movies. It is an excellent representation of the pulpy books that were produced at that time in newspaper literature about a mastermind criminal taking several disguises and the hero detective / cop that has to stop him. It is a long film but I enjoyed it enormously.
It's nice to watch this carefully restored 2001 version of Lang's important film, although I would prefer a better, more imaginative (and maybe more modern) score. Aljoscha Zimmermann tries to catch the atmosphere of the 1920's - there is a lot influence of Kurt Weill's music - but repeats himself consistently, so the music gets boring.
There's a saying about poker: if you haven't identified the sucker, then you're the sucker. Lots of suckers in this decadent period in German history. This Mabuse guy is pretty darn crafty with the mind control and eyes of a vampire. The law is after him, but he manages to stay one step ahead.
Though I can't say I was ever bored, I do think the film could easily shave off 30 minutes from its running time. On the other hand, the high points more than make up for this slight criticism with special mention to the first encounter between Mabuse and the detective as my favorite scene. I also can't help but compare the way the henchmen describe and fear Mabuse to the way all religious radicalism speak.
No hay duda que "El doctor Mabuse" es un buen filme, sin embargo, y sin ánimos de desvalorarla, discrepo para cuando la catalogan como la gran obra expresionista. Lang es maestro de dicha etapa, muy a pesar, y salvo por la casa del conde y las afueras del escondite del villano, no hay más voluptuosidad expresionista. Prefiero nombrarla como un clásico del cine negro, ahora si recordamos a "Fantomas", está por debajo.
2000 restoration. Essential cinema representing one of Lang's most vital contributions to film history. Even at 4 1/2 hours this film never ceases to thrill with nary a frame wasted. Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Mabuse is one of the all time great adversaries here facing Bernhard Goetzke's Inspector Von Wenck. Fantastic story with a film lanquage that stood at the top of its form for the time period. Great silent.
While and impressive and sprawling crime epic, it says half as much at twice the length of M, Lang's overwhelming masterpiece. The are many dead spots and repetitions in Lang's four-hour narrative, the the contrast with his hard, gem-like American work shows how the move to Hollywood was a boon to at least one European visionary. Lang thrived within limits; this loose, baggy monster needed more of them.
Mabuse, master of disguises, manipulates the stock market, cheats at cards, controls people's minds, and prints up enough bogus currency to devalue the Deutsche Mark, all at once! "Spiel ist spiel!" The Murnau Foundation restoration of this important classic is a treat for silent film fans, with dialogue restored by accessing censor's records. "A taste of decadence fuels the soul!"