History Film / DrMabuseTheGambler

9th Aug '16 5:08:33 AM Morgenthaler
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''Dr. Mabuse the Gambler''/''Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime'' is a two-part German silent film from 1922 directed by Creator/FritzLang. It was adapted by the novel of the same name by Norbert Jacques, which was written to [[FollowTheLeader deliberately mimic and cash in on]] the popularity of FuManchu and Literature/{{Fantomas}} while delivering political commentary about WeimarGermany. It follows psychoanalyst and criminal mastermind Doctor Mabuse, who has gained wealth and control of Berlin through a vast and elaborate crime network that he uses for everything from counterfeiting and sabotage to manipulating the stock market through complex means. Eventually, State Prosecutor Norbert von Wenk begins to unravel the complex defenses surrounding Mabuse's identity and becomes determined to take him down.

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''Dr. Mabuse the Gambler''/''Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime'' is a two-part German silent film from 1922 directed by Creator/FritzLang. It was adapted by the novel of the same name by Norbert Jacques, which was written to [[FollowTheLeader deliberately mimic and cash in on]] the popularity of FuManchu and Literature/{{Fantomas}} while delivering political commentary about WeimarGermany.UsefulNotes/WeimarGermany. It follows psychoanalyst and criminal mastermind Doctor Mabuse, who has gained wealth and control of Berlin through a vast and elaborate crime network that he uses for everything from counterfeiting and sabotage to manipulating the stock market through complex means. Eventually, State Prosecutor Norbert von Wenk begins to unravel the complex defenses surrounding Mabuse's identity and becomes determined to take him down.



* CrapsackWorld: Well, this is a TruthInTelevision, WeimarGermany wasn't a nice place.

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* CrapsackWorld: Well, this is a TruthInTelevision, WeimarGermany UsefulNotes/WeimarGermany wasn't a nice place.
30th Apr '16 8:08:11 AM freesefan
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* FanserviceExtra: There's a naked lady as part of the decoration at the casino where Carozza lures Hull to be killed.


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* MatchCut: From the hands of gamblers at a gambling table to the hands of the attendees of a seance.
29th Apr '16 9:51:17 AM freesefan
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* ActionPrologue

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* ActionPrologueAbsurdlySpaciousSewer: As the police storm his building, Mabuse escapes via the standard roomy, well-lit sewer tunnel.
* ActionPrologue: The film kicks off with one of Mabuse's minions stealing a secret treaty from a courier, which Mabuse uses to manipulate the stock market to enrich himself.



* ChekhovsGun: A mook explains that the trap door to the counterfeiting room can be opened easily from outside but can't be opened from the inside without a key. Guess where Mabuse winds up trapped at the end of the movie after his flight from police.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Mabuse, who has a wide-ranging criminal empire and orders murders without a second thought, says "I'm no pickpocket" when presented with the contents of Wenk's wallet and pockets. He orders them returned to Wenk.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: A car plunges into a quarry and "explodes" with a fairly unconvincing smoke bomb effect.
* HeKnowsTooMuch:
** When one mook is arrested, Mabuse arranges a blockade on the streets, and then has a sniper take out the mook when the paddy wagon stops.
** Cara Carozza refuses to talk to the police as she is Mabuse's LoveMartyr, but better safe than sorry, so he has poison smuggled into the prison with instructions to take it. Because she's an idiot, she does.



* LoveMartyr: Cara Carozza, who is deeply in love with Mabuse despite the fact that he doesn't give a crap about her, and is actually after Countess Told. She participates in his evil schemes, up to the murder of Hull, because she loves him. She refuses to incriminate him after she's arrested for Hull's murder, because she loves him. When Mabuse has one of his mooks infiltrate the jail and hand her some poison with instructions to take it, she does, and dies.



* VillainousBreakdown

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* VillainousBreakdownVillainousBreakdown: After realizing that he is trapped in the counterfeiting room and will be caught, Mabuse has a complete meltdown. He hallucinates the ghosts of all the people he's ordered to die over the course of the movie, including Cara. By the time the cops finally enter the room Mabuse is in a catatonic trance.
24th Apr '16 12:51:57 AM freesefan
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* CounterfeitCash: Just one of Mabuse's many criminal businesses.
24th Apr '16 12:43:24 AM freesefan
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* ResignationsNotAccepted: As pointed out by Spoerri's friend, who mentions the "termination plan" and then makes a throat-cutting gesture.
20th Jan '16 4:36:58 AM aye_amber
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* TheVamp; Subverted with Mabuse's lover, dancer Cara Carozza. She seduces men for evil goals, but not because she is evil herself, but for Mabuse, because she loves him.

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* TheVamp; TheVamp: Subverted with Mabuse's lover, dancer Cara Carozza. She seduces men for evil goals, but not because she is evil herself, but for Mabuse, because she loves him.
17th Sep '15 5:06:11 PM eroock
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'''''Dr. Mabuse the Gambler'''''/'''''Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime''''' is a two-part German silent film from 1922 directed by Creator/FritzLang. It was adapted by the novel of the same name by Norbert Jacques, which was written to [[FollowTheLeader deliberately mimic and cash in on]] the popularity of FuManchu and Literature/{{Fantomas}} while delivering political commentary about WeimarGermany. It follows psychoanalyst and criminal mastermind Doctor Mabuse, who has gained wealth and control of Berlin through a vast and elaborate crime network that he uses for everything from counterfeiting and sabotage to manipulating the stock market through complex means. Eventually, State Prosecutor Norbert von Wenk begins to unravel the complex defenses surrounding Mabuse's identity and becomes determined to take him down.

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'''''Dr. ''Dr. Mabuse the Gambler'''''/'''''Dr. Gambler''/''Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime''''' Crime'' is a two-part German silent film from 1922 directed by Creator/FritzLang. It was adapted by the novel of the same name by Norbert Jacques, which was written to [[FollowTheLeader deliberately mimic and cash in on]] the popularity of FuManchu and Literature/{{Fantomas}} while delivering political commentary about WeimarGermany. It follows psychoanalyst and criminal mastermind Doctor Mabuse, who has gained wealth and control of Berlin through a vast and elaborate crime network that he uses for everything from counterfeiting and sabotage to manipulating the stock market through complex means. Eventually, State Prosecutor Norbert von Wenk begins to unravel the complex defenses surrounding Mabuse's identity and becomes determined to take him down.
17th Sep '15 5:04:36 PM eroock
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* MilkingTheGiantCow: Dr. Mabuse does it at least in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQqiwIgTUHA#t=2m30s once scene]].
25th Feb '14 7:43:09 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* TheVamp; Subverted with Mabuse's lover, dancer Cara Carozza. She seduces men for evil goals, but not because she is evil herself, but for Mabuse, because she loves him.


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* TheVamp; Subverted with Mabuse's lover, dancer Cara Carozza. She seduces men for evil goals, but not because she is evil herself, but for Mabuse, because she loves him.
3rd Feb '14 6:24:48 PM RedwoodElf
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* ChewingTheScenery: Mabuse does this when Carozza tries to warn him to watch out for Wenk.
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