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Film: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
aka: Dr Mabuse
The many faces of Doctor Mabuse

"There is no such thing as love, only passion! No luck, only the will to gain power!"
Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler/Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime is a two-part German silent film from 1922 directed by Fritz Lang. It was adapted by the novel of the same name by Norbert Jacques, which was written to deliberately mimic and cash in on the popularity of Fu Manchu and Fantômas while delivering political commentary about Weimar Germany. 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.

The film was a major hit in Germany that helped elevate Fritz Lang's directorial career (enabling him to produce big-budget projects like Die Nibelungen and Metropolis) and turned lead actor Rudolf Klein-Rogge into a popular stock villain star. It is remembered today for its innovative narrative techniques, Expressionist imagery, complex commentary on the Weimar Republic, and for codifying many of the tropes associated with organized crime films.

Lang followed with the belated but highly acclaimed sequel The Testament of Doctor Mabuse in 1933, and the less well-regarded The Thousand Eyes of Doctor Mabuse in 1960. A series of inferior films was spun off from there in the 1960's and 70's, and a new Mabuse film is listed as "in development" on the IMDb.

This film provides examples of the following tropes:


DownfallGerman FilmsDas Testament des Doktor Mabuse
The WildcatFilms of the 1920sFoolish Wives

alternative title(s): Dr Mabuse The Gambler; Doctor Mabuse; Dr Mabuse; Doctor Mabuse; Dr Mabuse
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