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DR. MABUSE: THE GAMBLER (DR. MABUSE, DER SPIELER)

DR. MABUSE: THE GAMBLER

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler is a two-part (The Great Gambler, A Picture of Our Time and Inferno, Men of Our Time) silent thriller. Both parts were extensively restored and reconstructed in 2000.

Dr. Mabuse, the "man with 1000 faces", is a sinister criminal. He uses his enormous hypnotic powers and extraordinary ability to continuously change his identity and gain power over his victims. He manipulates the stock market, prints counterfeit money and toys with the weaknesses of the rich and influential. In illegal casinos, he hypnotizes his opponents, thus causing them to lose all their money to him. He even uses the seductive powers of the beautiful dancer Cara Carozza to get to a wealthy, young American. However, Mabuse's clever plan is disrupted by the plodding and methodical detective von Wenk, who seems to be able to resist Mabuse's evil powers. Then Mabuse plots to murder von Wenk and manages to knock him out and throw his body into a lake. However, before it is too late, von Wenk is saved. In the meantime, Mabuse goes to a party hosted by Countess Told, who has asked von Wenk for his support. Mabuse hypnotizes Count Told and entices him to gamble. Suddenly, the Countess faints and Dr. Mabuses kidnaps her as his new victim.


Fritz Lang was born in 1890 in Vienna and dies in 1976 in Beverly Hills. He celebrated his first success during the Weimar Republic, reacting to the massive political and social changes of the time and integrating them into his work. He left Germany in 1933, emigrating via France to the United States. His best known films from his work in Germany include: SPIDERS (1919), THE PLAGUE IN FLORENCE (1919), MADAME BUTTERFLY (1919), THE WANDERING IMAGE (1920), KÄMPFENDE HERZEN (1920/21), DESTINY (1921), DAS INDISCHE GRABMAL (1921), DIE NIBELUNGEN (1922-1924), METROPOLIS (1927), THE SPY (1928), WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929), M - A TOWN IS LOOKING FOR A MURDERER (1931), THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1933), and many more.
Genre Thriller, Drama
Category Feature, Silent
Year of Production 1922
Director Fritz Lang
Screenplay Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Cinematography Carl Hoffmann, Erich Nitzschmann
Konrad Elfers, Aljoscha Zimmermann
Karl Vollbrecht, Carl Stahl-Urach, Erich Kettelhut, Otto Hunte
Cast Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Bernhard Goetzke, Alfred Abel, Gertrude Welcker, Aud Egede Nissen, Paul Richter, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Adele Sandrock, Grete Berger, Georg John
Production Company Uco-Film, Berlin
Length 155 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Intertitled Versions English, French, German
Festivals Vladivostok 2012, Festival do Rio 2013, BAFICI 2015
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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