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Testament of Dr. Mabuse, The (Testament des Dr. Mabuse, Das)

Testament of Dr. Mabuse, The
Scene from "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" (photo © Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

Professor Baum, psychiatrist and owner of a nerve clinic, gives lectures about his favorite subject - the brain of the former hypnotist and counterfeiter Dr. Mabuse, who now resides in an asylum and spends his days creating elaborate ways of throwing the world into an abyss of terror. His plans are carried out by one of Professor Baum's employees. The police inspector Lohmann investigates the cases but remains powerless, until one day he receives a tip which leads him to the name Dr. Mabuse. Lohmann discovers that Mabuse is already dead, but the crimes continue. A string of clues then leads him back to Professor Baum, who has planned an attack on a chemical factory. At the last minute, Lohmann is able to prevent a catastrophe. The police follow Baum back to his clinic and find him in Mabuse's old room, destroying all of his plans and instructions.


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
Category Feature
Year of Production 1933
Director Fritz Lang
Screenplay Thea von Harbou
Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner
Lothar Wolff
Hans Erdmann, Walter Sieber, Franz R. Friedl
Karl Vollbrecht, Emil Hasler
Cast Klaus Pohl, Wera Liessem, Gustav Diessl, Camilla Spira, Rudolf Schuendler, Theo Lingen, Oskar Hoecker, Paul Henckels, Karl Meixner, Hadrian Maria Netto, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Oskar Beregi, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Paul Bernd
Producer Seymour Nebenzahl
Production Company Nero-Film/Berlin
Length 122 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Dubbed Versions English
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish, Italian
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals IndieLisboa 2017
German Distributor Filmverleih Die Lupe/Goettingen

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