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

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

by David Kalat
     
 

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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. 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… See more details below

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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. 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.

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)
Film Review
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
Scarlet Street
fascinating...important...excellent
Video Watchdog
comprehensive...critical analysis...thorough...a significant contribution to film scholarship...well worth investigation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476601076
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/05/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

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