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. Marbuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) is a crafty gambler who resorts to hypnosis to get his rival's money in a game of cards. He uses his winnings to invest in the stock market and steal a man's wife from him when he loses a bet. Marbuse also takes to counterfeiting before his schemes backfire and drive him to insanity.

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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