History Film / DasTestamentDesDoktorMabuse

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.
20th Jun '15 5:24:15 PM AllenbysEyes
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This was the last film Lang made before leaving Germany. ThoseWackyNazis, who had come to power just two months before the film was scheduled for release in Germany, promptly banned it. 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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This was the last film Lang made before leaving Germany. ThoseWackyNazis, who had come to power just two months before the film was scheduled for release in Germany, promptly banned it. It's generally assumed (thanks to [[UnreliableNarrator Lang's own testimony]]) that the Nazis considered it a TakeThat, though this isn't certain. After all, the Nazis had [[MisaimedFandom praised ''M'' as an alleged "pro-death penalty" film]]. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Propaganda Minister, publicly objected to ''Testament'' as "a practical guide for criminals" rather than ideology - though [[{{Hypocrite}} he reportedly kept and screened a private copy for himself]].

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.
20th Jun '15 5:17:03 PM AllenbysEyes
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In the film, it is ten years or so since the criminal empire of DiabolicalMastermind Dr. Mabuse was crushed by the authorities, and the evil doctor, driven insane by his fall, confined to a mental hospital. Suddenly, the catatonic Mabuse has reawakened and begun to obsessively scribble notes on hypothetical crimes. Which would only be of academic interest, if it weren't for the new criminal gang that seems to be putting those plans into practice.

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In the film, it is ten years or so since the criminal empire of DiabolicalMastermind Dr. Mabuse was crushed by the authorities, and the evil doctor, driven insane by his fall, confined to a mental hospital. Suddenly, the catatonic Mabuse has reawakened and begun to obsessively scribble notes on hypothetical crimes. Which would only be of academic interest, if it weren't for the new criminal gang that seems to be putting those plans into practice.
practice. Opposing them are Police Inspector Lohmann (Otto Wernicke), who'd appeared in Lang's previous film, ''Film/{{M}}'', and Kent (Gustav Diessl), a down-on-his-luck criminal who joins the gang but [[EvenEvilHasStandards soon grows disgusted with their extreme measures]].
2nd May '15 7:44:55 AM Menshevik
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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.
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