The Testament of Dr Mabuse

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

In 1922,

Fritz Lang

conceived Mabuse as a cypher for Weimar Germany's corruption and decadence: the two-part Dr Mabuse, the Gambler/Inferno shows him as a criminal mastermind, casinos and stock exchange equally in hand, enmeshed in a web of dope, killing, fake seances and madness. By 1932, the character had become rather more than just king villain of the serials: Testament finds him mouthing undisguised Nazi slogans from his asylum prison, and using hypnotism to maintain control over his criminal empire outside; he's opposed by the same cop who hunted Peter Lorre in Lang's M the year before. Goebbels banned the movie but offered leadership of the German film industry to Lang, who left the country overnight.


Release details

122 mins

Cast and crew

Fritz Lang
Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Otto Wernicke
Oscar Beregi
Gustav Diessl
Vera Liessem
Karl Meixner