The testament of Dr. Mabuse

The testament of Dr. Mabuse

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse

DVD - 2004 | German
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Locked away in an asylum for a decade and teetering between life and death, the criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse has scribbled his last will and testament: a manifesto establishing a future empire of crime. When the document's nefarious writings start leading to terrifying parallels in reality, it's up to Berlin's star detective, Inspector Lohmann, to connect the most fragmented, maddening clues in a case unlike any other.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 06, 2013

This German Crime/Thriller from 1933, which was directed by Fritz Lang, may be somewhat slow-paced and over-long at 121 minutes, but, all the same, it does contain some striking images and is notable for its "expressionistic" camerawork._____ This film also has something of an interesting bit of history behind its release, which saw it banned from being screened in Germany until 1951._____ As the story goes - When Adolph Hitler rose to power in 1933, Joseph Goebbels was appointed Minister of Propaganda. Being in this position of great authority, Goebbels had "Dr. Mabuse" (as well as other films) banned in Germany._____ Goebbels believed that "Dr. Mabuse" was the sort of film that would seriously decrease the audience's confidence in its statesmen since it showed that an extremely dedicated group of people (of the criminal-minded type) were perfectly capable of overthrowing any state with violence (which sounds exactly like what the Nazis did)._____ Needless to say, Lang, who worried greatly about the advent of the Nazi regime, partly because of his Jewish heritage, soon emigrated to France, and, then, in 1936, to Hollywood, USA.

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