The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

1933 [GERMAN]

Crime / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 8 10 11478

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German 2.0
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2 hr 1 min
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German 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 1 min
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Reviewed by billcody 10 / 10

The most timely film I saw in 2001!

Fritz Lang's last German film was was a warning shot over the bow regarding where the world was headed. He was right, and he was run out of Germany.

Everyone should be forced to watch this wonderful film. Not only is the film making incredible for the time - it is incredible period. And talk about suspenseful. I was glued to my seat and I never looked at my watch. A real testament these days, as I often find myself looking at my watch several times when watching recent Hollywood fare. Fritz Lang was brilliant!

Reviewed by rpowell-4 9 / 10

Two crowded hours

This film's a thriller, a detective story, a ghost story; it has romantic and comic sub-plots, a striking array of sets, some of the first convincing special effects ever used, echoes of other films; and it is not hard to find in it political relevance to today. It's a lot to cram into two hours, and one has to work to follow every twist of the plot, but it is both a rewarding and entertaining experience.

The film draws on an exceptionally wide variety of cinematic styles. There are expressionist moments, and these are particularly striking, but they account for only two or three minutes out of a running time of 120. There are moments when one could almost be in a screwball comedy. And there are moments which come close to social realism – it would be interesting to know whether the patients at the mental hospital played themselves. The dominant mode, though, is an anticipation of film noir.

I would, though, counsel against investing too much historical hindsight in this film – yes, Fritz Lang did go into exile from the Nazis – but it is more the shadow of Weimar than the shadow of Hitler that hovers in the background here.

Not perfect; not an absolute masterpiece: but an occasionally stunning and always stimulating film, which deserves 9 out of 10.

Reviewed by denmans 8 / 10

The prototype thriller

The film reads like a trainer for all the thrillers that came thereafter: The staring face reminiscent of 'Alien', the scary opening scene, which deserves to be better known, the tough but lovable cop, the haunted (literally) master criminal, the asylum, the heroine with an excuse to get her dress all wet and clingy, the Mae West look-alike, the spooky special effects, the explosions and the fires (real ones not your computer generated rubbish), the shoot out, the chase through the woods, the car chase, the high tech gadgets (using 78 vinyl!). There's even what looks like a placement add (Mercedes, during the car chase). Yes, all the thriller clichés are there but way back in 1933 they weren't clichés. Unfortunately some rather wooden acting by the heroine, Wera Liessem, who seems to be stuck in silent film mode, mars the film.

As for the political overtones, I'm not sure if these were deliberate. Lang's stories about himself were as fantastical as his films, especially the one about being offered the head of the Reich films.

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