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

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

by David Kalat

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786423378
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/05/2005
Pages: 315
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

A Note on the Text 1

Introduction 3



1. The Man Behind the Man Behind the Curtain 9

2. The Eyes of Fritz Lang 20

3. Dr. Mabuse, the Great Gambler: A Picture of the Time 36

4. Dr. Mabuse, Inferno: A Play About the People of Our Time 49

5. Premonition 61

6. A Brief History of Nazi Germany 62

7. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 68

8. The Little Dictator: Fritz Lang in America 92

9. The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 112

10. German Trash Cinema: The Story of Artur Brauner 131

11. The Return of Dr. Mabuse 143

12. The Invisible Dr. Mabuse 163

13. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 173

14. Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard 188

15. The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse 203

16. Scream and Scream Again 213

17. The Life and Times of Jess Franco 227

18. The Vengeance of Dr. Mabuse 239

19. The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press 245

20. The Story of Chabrol 257

21. Club Extinction 267

22. The Legacy of Dr. Mabuse 281



Bibliography 293

Filmography 297

Index 301

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