The 1000 Eyes of Dr Mabuse

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

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


Release details

103 mins

Cast and crew

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