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Dr. Mabuse and his organization of criminals are in the process of completing their latest scheme, a theft of information that will allow Mabuse to make huge profits on the stock exchange. Afterwards, Mabuse disguises himself and attends the Folies Bergères show, where Cara Carozza, the main attraction of the show, passes him information on Mabuse's next intended victim, the young millionaire Edgar Hull. Mabuse then uses psychic manipulation to lure Hull into a card game where he loses heavily. When Police Commissioner von Wenk begins an investigation of this mysterious crime spree, he has little to go on, and he needs to find someone who can help him.Written by
Edgar Hull's gambling losses (170,000 marks) would be worth widely varying amounts in dollars depending on what time of year the game was played, thanks to very high rates of inflation of the mark against the dollar in 1922. In January, marks were approximately 200:1, making his loss about $850, or more than $12,000 today. In December, however, with marks worth only 8000:1, his loss would have been a mere $20, or about $300 today (2019). See more »
The sign at the Excelsior about languages spoken declares "Her talces svenska" ("Her" and "talces" are pure nonsense). It should read "Här talas svenska" ("Swedish spoken here"). See more »
Prosecutor von Wenk:
[On the phone]
This is Prosecutor von Wenk! Dr. Mabuse, I ask you to offer no resistance against the state authorities and turn yourself in.
I feel like a state within a state with which I have always been at war! If you want me, come and get me!
Prosecutor von Wenk:
We are prepared to move against you using the harshest measures. Give up your senseless resistance!
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The complete restored version of this film is now available (June 2004) on a double DVD from Eureka in the UK. This version includes the scenes not present in the US Image Entertainment release. See more »
The police force are on the trail of Mabuse, a criminal mastermind wreaking havoc on Weimar Germany. But can they catch him before he strikes again or self-destructs?
Fritz Lang's first masterpiece, a four & a half hour double-feature with hardly a moment wasted, has been restored to stunning effect. (WARNING: In the KINO DVD edition, you MUST lower the contrast & brightness levels to reveal the full grey scale.) On one level, this is simply a far-fetched, but smashingly entertaining detective drama about Mabuse, a criminal mastermind who shows up in more disguises than Alec Guinness in KIND HEARTS & CORONETS to counterfeit, manipulate the stock exchange, kill personal rivals, run the drug racket and generally lord it over the pursuing police force of the modern city. If Part One offers a more devastating look at the perilous world that was Weimar Germany, there's still plenty of action & schemes left for Part Two. In MABUSE, Lang manages, more than he would in METROPOLIS, to hold all the expressionist elements (design, acting, story construction) in perfect balance. The dynamism for an early '20s pic, (before the era of easy camera movement) is simply phenomenal. And where else will you find an inter-title as glorious as: 'Eat some cocaine, you weakling!'
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