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Director:
Writers:
Fritz Lang (writer)
Norbert Jacques (characters)
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Release Date:
1952 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Fritz Lang's Meisterwerk. Der Gewaltigste Film der Gegenwart. (Fritz Lang's masterpiece. The most tremendous film of the present.)
Plot:
A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fantastic start: perhaps things get a little out of hand somewhere during the latter half, though. See more (51 total) »

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Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Norbert Jacques  characters
Fritz Lang  writer
Thea von Harbou 

Produced by
Fritz Lang .... producer
Seymour Nebenzal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Erdmann 
Walter Sieber (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Károly Vass  (as Karl Vash)
Fritz Arno Wagner 
 
Film Editing by
Conrad von Molo 
Lothar Wolff 
 
Art Direction by
Emil Hasler 
Karl Vollbrecht 
 
Costume Design by
Hans Kothe 
 
Makeup Department
Franz Siebert .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Wilhelm Löwenberg .... production manager
Gustav Rathje .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Walter Schulze-Mittendorff .... sculptor
 
Sound Department
Adolf Jansen .... sound
James G. Stewart .... dubbing sound (1952)
Conrad von Molo .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Ernst Kunstmann .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Werner Krien .... assistant camera
Walter Schulz .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Gregg C. Tallas .... additional editor (1952 version)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" - Germany (original title)
"The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1998) | Finland:K-18 (1952) | Finland:(Banned) (1933) | Germany:(Banned) (1933-1945) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2006) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:(Banned) (1933-1952) | UK:12 (2003) | UK:A (1934) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Trivia:
The premiere, in Germany, was canceled due to government censors.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Hofmeister supposedly scratches Mabuse's name in a window pane of his apartment with a ring, but Hofmeister is not wearing any rings when Division 2-B enter his apartment.See more »
Quotes:
Kriminalkomissar Lohmann:[during a shoot-out] I'm getting fed up with this!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Die Walküre (The Valkyries)See more »

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26 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic start: perhaps things get a little out of hand somewhere during the latter half, though., 29 April 2003
Author: Per Klingberg from Sweden

One of Fritz Lang's most wellknown works, and a classic piece of German expressionism. A sequel to the silent film 'Dr. Mabuse, der spieler', archcriminal Mabuse has now been driven way beyond sanity and has spent the last eleven years in an asylum.

Our dear doctor spent the first few years in a catatonic state, totally unreachable. Then one day something akin to progress was made. The patient started to scribble down what seemed like gibberish on the walls. The patient was given paper to write on, and since then Mabuse has been writing nonstop, line after line, paper after paper. Acknowledged doctor Baum has ever since taken a great deal of interest both in his patient and in this "work" of his. If one momentarily could just step inside Mabuse's sick and twisted mind, then a cure might be possible...

And then it happens. Baum manages to decipher the text, and realizes that what he has in his hand might very well be a political essay of the same importance and power as Machiavelli's 'The Prince'. Throw mankind in the deepest abyss of despair, Mabuse says, using any means possible. Through random acts of violence, through organized terrorism, whatever will lead mankind to the brink of destruction. And then claim power.

Soon after this discovery strange crimes are being committed, and rumors of an organized criminal movement mobilizing underground are spread. It does not take long until Berlin is a city in terror.

This is where commissioner Lohmann comes in, doing his best to trace down the roots of the terrorist groups. Strangely enough, the evidence seems to point towards - the asylum and Dr. Mabuse!

The first half of this film is classic horror - through a visit to the asylum and a lecture by Baum we learn of Mabuse's work. And when we, together with Lohmann, is introduced to Mabuse (locked up in his cell) and meet his maddened gaze...well, it's a truly CHILLING moment!

We also learn of how a young man with good intentions through poverty is forced to seek work in organized crime. While trying to leave the group he realizes there is only one way out: death. Another claustrophobic and suspenseful moment in the movie.

Somewhere in the latter half of the movie things get a little out of hand. When the mystery with Mabuse's influence on the outside world finally has been solved, some of the incredible dark atmosphere is lost. Instead we get more of a traditional crime/suspense-kind of film, and the high amount of plots makes the film drag on just a little too long.

The eery atmosphere in the earlier parts of the movie, the fantastic expressionist style and many original and innovative moments makes this a 'must-see' for those with an interest for early German Cinema, or those looking for the roots to genres as horror and film noir. While the early parts of this movie is a definite masterpiece, the latter half feels somewhat flawed though.

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