Dr Mabuse, the Gambler

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Lang's introduction to Mabuse is typical of his early work in being disorganised and erratically paced as a narrative, but shot through with flashes of inspiration. The master criminal (taken from a pulp novel by Norbert Jacques) is presented as an overlord of the contemporary social chaos in Berlin: he profits from the ills of the time, and adopts countless disguises to instigate new varieties of exploitation. Lang has said that he intended the film as a kind of social criticism, and his sprawling plot does take glimpses of night-life decadence and themes like economic inflation in its stride. But overall the grasp of social reality is as shaky as the plotting, and the film's interest - certainly by comparison with the later Testament of Dr Mabuse - remains basically historical.

By: TR


Release details

270 mins

Cast and crew

Fritz Lang
Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Alfred Abel
Aud Egede Nissen
Gertrude Welcker
Bernhard Goetzke
Paul Richter
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