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Doktor Mabuse der Spieler
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Genre:Art/Foreign
Year:1922
Rating:NR
Length:3 Hours 49 Minutes
Cast:Fritz Lang, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede Nissen, Gertrude Welcker

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 swayed...at least, not at first. In its original form, Dr. Mabuse provides a tantalizing, near-documentary peek at the sort of perverse delights available to the wastrel class of Germany in 1922, especially in a scene at an illicit cabaret where all manner of vices can be served up with a few well-chosen "code" words. In 1932, Lang directed a talkie sequel to Dr. Mabuse the Gambler: the even better The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. Hal Erickson

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