History Film / DasTestamentDesDoktorMabuse

27th Aug '16 10:13:34 AM AllenbysEyes88
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Lang, whose mother was a practicing Roman Catholic but Jewish by birth, left Germany soon after and made his way to Hollywood. Lang's wife Thea von Harbou, who had been his screenwriter and creative partner for almost all of Lang's career, joined the Nazi Party, divorced Lang, stayed behind in Germany, and worked in the Nazi movie industry until the end of the war. A quarter-century after he left, Lang came back to Germany and made another sequel, ''[[Film/Die1000AugenDesDrMabuse The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse]]''. The movie was [[TheRemake remade]] in 1962, the remake being retitled ''The Terror of Dr. Mabuse'' in English.

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Regardless, Lang, whose mother was a practicing Roman Catholic but Jewish by birth, left Germany soon after and made his way to Hollywood. Lang's wife Thea von Harbou, who had been his screenwriter and creative partner for almost all of Lang's career, joined the Nazi Party, divorced Lang, stayed behind in Germany, and worked in the Nazi movie industry until the end of the war. A quarter-century after he left, Lang came back to Germany and made another sequel, ''[[Film/Die1000AugenDesDrMabuse The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse]]''. The movie was [[TheRemake remade]] in 1962, the remake being retitled ''The Terror of Dr. Mabuse'' in English.



''Testament'' didn't reach America until 1943, in the midst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when it was again reedited, this time to [[ANaziByAnyOtherName emphasize the Nazi parallels]]. Indeed, some versions explicitly compared Mabuse to Adolf Hitler. In 1952, a heavily cut (from 124 to 82 minutes), English-dubbed version entitled ''The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse'' appeared, which remained the standard version for several decades. Lang's original German cut didn't resurface until 1973, when it was re-released to general acclaim.

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''Testament'' didn't reach America until 1943, in the midst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when it was again reedited, this time to [[ANaziByAnyOtherName emphasize the Nazi parallels]]. Indeed, some versions explicitly compared added dialogue comparing Mabuse to Adolf Hitler. In 1952, a heavily cut (from 124 to 82 minutes), English-dubbed version entitled ''The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse'' appeared, which remained the standard version for several decades. Lang's original German cut didn't resurface until 1973, when it was re-released to general acclaim.
9th Aug '16 5:08:17 AM Morgenthaler
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''Testament'' had a complicated release history. Lang's original German cut saw limited release in Austria and Hungary in 1933. A French-language version, shot simultaneously by Lang with French-speaking actors, became the basis for most international prints. While the Nazis initially banned ''Testament'', they released a heavily-edited version in the late '30s. The biggest change was added narration by Inspector Lohmann stressing the [[WeimarGermany Weimar]] setting and claiming Mabuse was Jewish.

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''Testament'' had a complicated release history. Lang's original German cut saw limited release in Austria and Hungary in 1933. A French-language version, shot simultaneously by Lang with French-speaking actors, became the basis for most international prints. While the Nazis initially banned ''Testament'', they released a heavily-edited version in the late '30s. The biggest change was added narration by Inspector Lohmann stressing the [[WeimarGermany [[UsefulNotes/WeimarGermany Weimar]] setting and claiming Mabuse was Jewish.
9th Jun '16 11:05:20 AM Doug86
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''Testament'' didn't reach America until 1943, in the midst of WorldWarII, when it was again reedited, this time to [[ANaziByAnyOtherName emphasize the Nazi parallels]]. Indeed, some versions explicitly compared Mabuse to Adolf Hitler. In 1952, a heavily cut (from 124 to 82 minutes), English-dubbed version entitled ''The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse'' appeared, which remained the standard version for several decades. Lang's original German cut didn't resurface until 1973, when it was re-released to general acclaim.

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''Testament'' didn't reach America until 1943, in the midst of WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when it was again reedited, this time to [[ANaziByAnyOtherName emphasize the Nazi parallels]]. Indeed, some versions explicitly compared Mabuse to Adolf Hitler. In 1952, a heavily cut (from 124 to 82 minutes), English-dubbed version entitled ''The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse'' appeared, which remained the standard version for several decades. Lang's original German cut didn't resurface until 1973, when it was re-released to general acclaim.
18th Jan '16 7:03:03 AM Menshevik
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* YouLookFamiliar: Among the mooks arrested by Kommmissar Lohmann in the siege of their apartment is Karetzky, played by Theo Lingen. Previously, in ''M'', Theo Lingen played The Con-Man, one of the leaders of the Berlin underworld who also got arrested by Lohmann.
29th Dec '15 6:32:31 PM eroock
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''The Testament of Dr. Mabuse'' (1933) is a German noir film directed by Creator/FritzLang. A decade after the success of ''Film/DrMabuseTheGambler'', Lang decided to revisit the character in the sound era, with a plot appropriately based on the eeriness of recorded sound.

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''The Testament Last Will of Dr. Mabuse'' (1933) (German: ''Das Testament des Doktor Mabuse'') is a 1933 German noir film directed by Creator/FritzLang. A decade after the success of ''Film/DrMabuseTheGambler'', Lang decided to revisit the character in the sound era, with a plot appropriately based on the eeriness of recorded sound.
29th Dec '15 6:30:37 PM eroock
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29th Dec '15 6:20:19 PM eroock
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* ActionPrologue

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* ActionPrologueActionPrologue: A classic Bond opening. The film gets off to a flying start, interjecting a narrative that appears to be in full swing as a man tries to escape from a building, narrowly missing being killed.
19th Dec '15 10:39:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic: Lohmann remembers that Mabuse first came to notice during the inflation of the early 1920s and Kent's back story shows him unsuccessfully trying to find work in an overcrowded employment office in 1931 or 1932, at the time of [[TheGreatDepression mass unemployment following Black Thursday]].
1st Jul '15 8:46:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheRingOfTheNibelung: In the beginning, the film cuts from a fiery explosion (something that can be called a ''Feuerzauber'' in German slang) to Kommissar Lohmann humming ''Wotans Feuerzauber'' ("Wotans fire magic") from the finale of ''Die Walküre'' and telling his secretary that this evening he [[TemptingFate at last has the time to attend a performance of that opera]]. Of course that is precisely the moment when the telephone rings and it's Hofmeister.
21st Jun '15 5:36:31 PM AllenbysEyes
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* HeelFaceTurn: Kent's barely a villain to begin with, but he rapidly turns against Mabuse once he realizes how insane his scheme is.
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