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26 May 1922 (Germany) See more »
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Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Dr. Mabuse begins his reign of cinematic crime in this innovative and highly influential silent movie, which retains much of its power for patient viewers. See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Dr. Mabuse
Aud Egede-Nissen ... Cara Carozza, die Tänzerin
Gertrude Welcker ... Gräfin Dusy Told (as Gertrude Welker)
Alfred Abel ... Graf Told / Richard Fleury - US version
Bernhard Goetzke ... Staatsanwalt von Welk / Chief Inspector Norbert von Wenck / Chief Inspector De Witt - US version
Paul Richter ... Edgar Hull
Robert Forster-Larrinaga ... Spoerri
Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Georg, the Chauffeur (as Hans Adalbert von Schlettow)
Georg John ... Pesch
Charles Puffy ... Hawasch (as Karl Huszar)
Grete Berger ... Fine, a servant
Julius Falkenstein ... Karsten
Lydia Potechina ... Die Russin
Julius E. Herrmann ... Emil Schramm (as Julius Herrmann)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julietta Brandt (as Julie Brandt)
Max Adalbert ... (uncredited)
Anita Berber ... Taenzerin im Frack (uncredited)
Paul Biensfeldt ... Mann, der die Pistole bekommt (uncredited)
Gustav Botz ... (uncredited)
Lil Dagover ... (uncredited)
Heinrich Gotho ... (uncredited)
Leonhard Haskel ... (uncredited)
Erner Huebsch ... (uncredited)
Gottfried Huppertz ... (uncredited)
Hans Junkermann ... (uncredited)
Adolf Klein ... (uncredited)
Erich Pabst ... (uncredited)
Edgar Pauly ... Big Spectator (uncredited)
Karl Platen ... Diener Tolds (uncredited)
Auguste Prasch-Grevenberg ... (uncredited)
Adele Sandrock ... (uncredited)
Willy Schmidt-Gentner ... (uncredited)
Hans Sternberg ... (uncredited)
Olaf Storm ... (uncredited)
Oscar Stribolt ... Enthusiastic Volunteer at Magic Show (uncredited)
Erich Walter ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Norbert Jacques  novel
Fritz Lang 
Thea von Harbou 

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Konrad Elfers 
Robert Israel 
Aljoscha Zimmermann 
 
Cinematography by
Carl Hoffmann 
 
Art Direction by
Otto Hunte 
Erich Kettelhut 
Karl Stahl-Urach 
Karl Vollbrecht 
 
Costume Design by
Vally Reinecke 
 
Music Department
Osmán Pérez Freire .... composer: original theme
Shane Ryan .... music editor (2001) (as Shane Gledhill)
 

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Also Known As:
"Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
297 min (restored version) | Germany:100 min (part 2) | Germany:95 min (part 1) | Spain:114 min (part 2) | Spain:154 min (part 1) | USA:231 min (video version) | 271 min (Murnau Foundation restoration) | Germany:242 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (first part) | Finland:K-16 (second part) | Germany:o.Al. | Spain:T | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) | USA:Not Rated

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Fritz Lang originally wanted the actress portraying Venus to be completely nude. When the first take was completed, he didn't like how the woman's pubic hair looked, and ordered her to shave it off. The actress indignantly refused, sending Lang into a tantrum. Eventually, a compromise was reached when a small strip of cloth was draped over the offending hair. This scene was predictably removed from the revival versions that circulated throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and has only recently been part of the film in the rare showings of the Fritz Lang archives' complete copy of Dr. Mabuse.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mabuse enters the counterfeiting den in the guise of a drunken sailor, he unlocks the ribbed door and pushes it open. The next shot, from inside the den, shows the henchman pull the closed door open for Mabuse.See more »
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Dr. Mabuse:Tsi-Nan-Fu!See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Dr. Mabuse begins his reign of cinematic crime in this innovative and highly influential silent movie, which retains much of its power for patient viewers., 10 February 2007
Author: J. Spurlin from United States

Dr. Mabuse is a name familiar to almost everyone in Germany, but most Americans would have to be told that he's a criminal mastermind, psychiatrist, gambler and hypnotist with supernatural powers. Mabuse is notable for his brilliant disguises and his gang of minions who conspire against people and institutions for the sole purpose of bringing power and wealth to himself. This evil genius is known only as The Great Unknown to those who wish to stop him. Mabuse was created by Norbert Jacques for a novel which has never been out of print in Germany. The director of this film, Fritz Lang, claimed him for his own; and now Mabuse is known not as a character in a novel but as a character in three Fritz Lang films, the first of which is this innovative and hugely influential silent movie.

Lang's storytelling techniques are especially innovative, but later spy films, including Lang's own, have greatly improved on what's here and leave modern viewers alert to the slow pace, murky details and confusing plot twists. What hasn't been improved upon is the artistry behind the photographic effects. I don't mean the effects themselves: modern special effects are infinitely more sophisticated. This film's effects have a great impact even—or especially—on today's viewer who is accustomed to a rapid-fire series of elaborate, gaudy computer-generated pictures, like those in, say, Peter Jackson's "King Kong." Nothing in that film is as memorable to me as this movie's scene where the camera closes in on Mabuse and everything around him goes dark, leaving only one glowing, malevolent head floating in the blackness.

The highly exaggerated style of acting from everyone in the cast would look idiotic if seen in isolated bits. Von Welk (Bernhard Goetzke), tilting back his head and crossing his eyes as Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) hypnotizes him, would have been a perfect clip for Jay Ward's "Fractured Flickers." As part of this film, every melodramatic moment from the cast is effective in a way that a more naturalistic style can never be.

Fans of the Mabuse films, which number many more than just Lang's three, are sometimes disappointed by this first incarnation. This Mabuse allows himself violent emotional outbursts, while the later version is marked by icy self-control. The more familiar Mabuse may be an improvement over this one, but they don't quite replace him, and those films don't quite replace this one. This is a treasure for film historians, and indirectly a treasure for fans of the countless movies influenced by it.

For those who simply want a good movie, there's plenty here to reward them, provided they are very, very patient.

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