Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime)
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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime)
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler is the eight-reel version of Fritz Lang's twenty reeler, two-part silent thriller, Dr. Mabuse. Mabuse (Rudolph Klein-Rogge) a sinister mesmerist/psychiatrist, toys with the weaknesses of the rich and influential. He worms his way into the confidence of wealthy men, plays cards with them, hypnotizes them into cheating at their businesses, then puts them in a position to be blackmailed so that he can corner the stock market. A devilishly ingenious plan-but Mabuse is up against the plodding, methodical police detective Wrenk, whose subconscious is not so easily… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Visions, sets and even words come alive in Lang's epic"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Uneven but sometimes outstanding film."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"In Europe Mabuse is as familiar an icon of horror as Count Dracula or Frankenstein's Monster. It began here, with Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler ('...the Gambler')."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Plays like the stream of a not very pleasant consciousness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Though disjointed and poorly paced and the plot makes little sense, there are inspirational moments throughout."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Straightforward enough -- but also unique enough -- to provide an excellent primer to Lang's early work."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is wonderfully exuberant cinema, delighting in the possibilities of the art form."
‑ , Film4
"...a bit unwieldy in terms of structure, but it's worth the sit for the eventual flashes of Lang's visual genius."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"One of the silent era's best and most exciting epics, the hyper-modern Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler has scarcely aged a day in nearly ninety years."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"This Mabuse has only pretensions to myth; he's as mortal as they come and Lang's film slowly (very slowly) leads him down a Fibonacci-spiraled path to the one true salvation--insanity."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine