The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse
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Fritz Lang directed this sequel to his nearly four-hour Dr. Mabuse silent of 1922 (often shown in two parts, Dr. Mabuse: Der Spieler/The Gambler and Dr. Mabuse: King of Crime). The film opens with Detective Hofmeister (Karl Meixner) spying on the activities of a criminal syndicate. Not realizing he has been seen, Hofmeister is attacked by the thugs and later turns up out of his mind. He is placed in the institution of Professor Baum (Oscar Beregi), who becomes increasingly obsessed with another patient -- the master criminal and hypnotist Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge). Baum's assistant,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story is very long-winded and even an ingenious director like Fritz Lang could not prevent its being rather slow-moving in places."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie captures an air of dread, despair, and individual impotence -- a political atmosphere that meshed perfectly with Lang's raging paranoia."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Richly inventive crime thriller"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"This absolutely riveting crime film by Fritz Lang demonstrates the height of taut, suspenseful filmmaking."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Too bad it's not much fun to watch"
‑ Aaron Lazenby,
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Fritz Lang's suspense masterpiece starts with a kick and then piles on the subterfuge, suspense and terror."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"So while lauded by the wine-swirling art-house set, Lang was a German master whose films -- and there are a lot of them -- also appeal to those of us who rarely use the phrase 'mise en scène' in conversation."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Vivid images and tight storytelling."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"Not only the most modern-looking film of 1932, it still looks modern today."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It is a hallucinating and horrifying story, depicted with great power and the extraordinary beauty of photography that Lang has led his admirers to expect."
‑ Herbert L. Matthews, New York Times
"[Lang's] ambitious command of the medium...keeps us rooted to our seats from start to finish."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Testament is still a great film that provides a perfect summation of Lang's German career."
‑ Michael Koller, Senses of Cinema
"The most notorious of the [Dr. Mabuse movies], simply because it was the film that helped trigger Lang's flight from Nazi Germany."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"This important, controversial work from one of cinema's great early masters is more than a mere museum piece -- it's also spellbinding entertainment."
‑ , Film4
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