The 1000 Eyes of Dr Mabuse

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Lang's last film. Resisting the producer's requests for a remake, sequel or Son of... Lang instead updated the setting to postwar Germany, and invented a new Mabuse-type character (Preiss). Set in a large hotel where the characters' every move is monitored by the mastermind's TV screens, 1000 Eyes is none the less distinctly and wilfully old-fashioned in a way that is all Lang's own. Lines like 'Don't leave town', exploding telephones, blind prophets, gadgets more quaint than modern, and a supremely elaborate thriller plot where no one and nothing are what they seem, give it an anti-realist ambience more reminiscent of the Hollywood serial than of contemporary film-making. And, of course, Lang's anti-Fascist sentiments are unmistakably as up-to-date as they were in the '20s. Great stuff.

By: RM

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Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Fritz Lang
Screenwriter: Fritz Lang, Heinz Oskar Wuttig
Cast: Dawn Addams
Peter Van Eyck
Gert Fröbe
Wolfgang Preiss
Werner Peters
Andrea Checchi
Reinhard Kolldehoff
Howard Vernon
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