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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
     

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler

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Director: Fritz Lang, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede Nissen, Gertrude Welcker

Cast: Fritz Lang, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede Nissen, Gertrude Welcker

 

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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler is the eight-reel version of Fritz Lang's twenty reeler, two-part silent thriller, Dr. Mabuse. Mabuse (Rudolph Klein-Rogge) a sinister mesmerist/psychiatrist, toys with the weaknesses of the rich and influential. He worms his way into the confidence of wealthy men, plays cards with them, hypnotizes them into cheating at their

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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler is the eight-reel version of Fritz Lang's twenty reeler, two-part silent thriller, Dr. Mabuse. Mabuse (Rudolph Klein-Rogge) a sinister mesmerist/psychiatrist, toys with the weaknesses of the rich and influential. He worms his way into the confidence of wealthy men, plays cards with them, hypnotizes them into cheating at their businesses, then puts them in a position to be blackmailed so that he can corner the stock market. A devilishly ingenious plan-but Mabuse is up against the plodding, methodical police detective Wrenk, whose subconscious is not so easily swayed...at least, not at first. In 1932, Lang directed a talkie sequel to Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse.

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All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler is often thought of as the place where the director's filmmaking aesthetic springs full-grown to the screen. He had experimented with different aspects of visual style in his earlier works, but it is on this epic -- some four hours long in its original release -- that Lang pulled all of these elements together into the hyper-expressionist style that was identifiable as his. The first of three adaptations of the Norbert Jacques' novels by the renowned director, the film also provided Lang's wife and screenwriter Thea Von Harbou a canvas on which to explore and expand her own work. The subject matter, a cat-and-mouse game between a master criminal (with considerable scientific -- or, more properly, pseudo-scientific) knowledge at his disposal, and a top law enforcement official, was intrinsically absorbing in Lang's hands, especially as these characters were portrayed by Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Bernhard Goetzke; their duel would go on to influence the plots of comic books and feature films for a generation to come and longer, right into the twenty-first century in the form of the James Bond movies. As for Lang, his next career jump would be the Niebelung adaptations, in two epic-length movies that were even more stylized visually.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
UPC:
0738329046620
Original Release:
1922
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[silent]
Time:
4:30:00
Sales rank:
70,789

Special Features

"The Story Behind Dr. Mabuse" (52 min., in German w/ English subtitles); Fritz Lang biography/filmography; Stills gallery; Film notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rudolf Klein-Rogge Dr. Mabuse
Aud Egede Nissen Cara Carozza
Gertrude Welcker Graefin Told
Alfred Abel Graf Told
Bernhard Goetzke Von Wrenk
Paul Richter Edgar Hull
Lil Dagover Actor
Grete Berger Fine
Paul Biensfeldt Mann, der die Pistole bekommt
Julius Falkenstein Karsten
Heinrich Gotho Actor
Georg John Pesch
Karl Platen Diener Tolds
Adele Sandrock Actor
Olaf Storm Actor
Max Adalbert Actor
Hans Junkermann Actor
Adolf Klein Actor
Lydia Potechina Russin
Hans Adalbert von Schlettow Georg

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director,Screenwriter
Thea von Harbou Screenwriter
Carl Hoffmann Cinematographer
Otto Hunte Production Designer
Erich Kettelhut Production Designer
Erich Pommer Producer
Karl Vollbrecht Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Disc #1 -- Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, Pt. 1 [Restored Authorized Edition]
1. Opening Titles [2:25]
2. Act One: He and His Day [13:48]
3. The Special Announcement [6:46]
4. Act Two: He and His Night [9:26]
5. The "Pontoon" Club [10:30]
6. Act Three: The Hotel Excelsior [4:17]
7. State Prosecutor Von Wenk [9:17]
8. Schramm's Grill [13:19]
9. Act Four: The Next Morning [13:28]
10. Palais Andalusia [17:04]
11. Act Five: The Awakening [12:29]
12. 11 Haydn Street [15:00]
13. Act Six: The Heart of Carozza [10:27]
14. The Evening [8:56]
15. The Great Game [8:21]
Disc #2 -- Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, Pt. 2 [Restored Authorized Edition]
1. Opening Titles [2:26]
2. Act One: Prelude [5:05]
3. The Count's Confession [8:40]
4. Act Two: Secret Places [11:27]
5. A Visit to Carozza [12:00]
6. Act Three: The Confrontation [12:31]
7. Ghosts of the Night [8:20]
8. Act Four: The Butler's Clue [5:58]
9. A Visit From Dr. Mabuse [8:06]
10. Act Five: The Mesmerist [8:18]
11. Under a Spell [7:28]
12. Finale [2:08]
13. Act Six: The Siege [9:04]
14. Where Is Mabuse? [5:31]
15. The Man Who Was... [8:34]

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