Strange Case of Dr. Mabuse: A Study of the Twelve Films and Five Novels

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The Mabuse phenomenon is recognized as an icon of horror in Germany as Frankenstein and Dracula are in the United States. This work is a study of the 12 motion pictures and five books (and some secondary films) that make up the eight decades of adventures of master criminal Mabuse, created by author Norbert Jacques in the best-selling 1922 German novel and brought to the screen by master filmmaker Fritz Lang in the same year.

Both on screen and off, the story of Dr. Mabuse is a ...

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Overview

The Mabuse phenomenon is recognized as an icon of horror in Germany as Frankenstein and Dracula are in the United States. This work is a study of the 12 motion pictures and five books (and some secondary films) that make up the eight decades of adventures of master criminal Mabuse, created by author Norbert Jacques in the best-selling 1922 German novel and brought to the screen by master filmmaker Fritz Lang in the same year.

Both on screen and off, the story of Dr. Mabuse is a story of love triangles and revenge, of murder, suicides, and suspicious deaths, of betrayals and paranoia, of fascism and tyranny, deceptions and conspiracies, mistaken identities, and transformation. This work, featuring much information never before published in English, provides an understanding of a modern mythology whose influence has pervaded popular culture even while the name Mabuse remains relatively unknown in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

Science Fiction Studies
Entertaining and enlightening...thorough...highly recommend[ed].
Interzone
"Can’t ask for a better study of the films and the novels...Kalat has delved deep...definitive...the first in-depth English-language examination of this fascinating subject. -Film Review, "a full and fascinating account" ..recommended.
Rue Morgue
"Essential...exhaustive...will turn the casual reader into an overnight expert."
Booknews
Kalat is a film historian and runs a digital video label dedicated to movies that fell though the cracks of popular attention. Among German speakers, he says, Mabuse is the same icon of horror as Frankenstein and Dracula are for English speakers. He profiles in turn each movie and novel since 1922, when Norbert Jacques wrote the first, and Fritz Lang put it on the screen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786423378
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kalat is a film historian and writes for Video Watchdog, Turner Classic Movies Online, and other publications. He lives in La Grange Park, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on the Text 1
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 The Man Behind the Man Behind the Curtain 9
Ch. 2 The Eyes of Fritz Lang 20
Ch. 3 Dr. Mabuse, the Great Gambler: A Picture of the Time 36
Ch. 4 Dr. Mabuse, Inferno: A Play About the People of Our Time 49
Ch. 5 Premonition 61
Ch. 6 A Brief History of Nazi Germany 62
Ch. 7 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 68
Ch. 8 The Little Dictator: Fritz Lang in America 92
Ch. 9 The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 112
Ch. 10 German Trash Cinema: The Story of Artur Brauner 131
Ch. 11 The Return of Dr. Mabuse 143
Ch. 12 The Invisible Dr. Mabuse 163
Ch. 13 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 173
Ch. 14 Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard 188
Ch. 15 The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse 203
Ch. 16 Scream and Scream Again 213
Ch. 17 The Life and Times of Jess Franco 227
Ch. 18 The Vengeance of Dr. Mabuse 239
Ch. 19 The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press 245
Ch. 20 The Story of Chabrol 257
Ch. 21 Club Extinction 267
Ch. 22 The Legacy of Dr. Mabuse 281
Bibliography 293
Filmography 297
Index 301
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