The testament of Dr. Mabuse

The testament of Dr. Mabuse

Das testament des Dr. Mabuse

DVD - 2004 | German
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An insane criminal mastermind plots crimes that begin to take place, even after his death.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Criterion Collection, [2004]
Edition: Special ed. double-disc set.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780780027985
Branch Call Number: TES
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (121 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 06, 2013

This German Crime/Thriller from 1933, which was directed by Fritz Lang, may be somewhat slow-paced and over-long at 121 minutes, but, all the same, it does contain some striking images and is notable for its "expressionistic" camerawork._____ This film also has something of an interesting bit of history behind its release, which saw it banned from being screened in Germany until 1951._____ As the story goes - When Adolph Hitler rose to power in 1933, Joseph Goebbels was appointed Minister of Propaganda. Being in this position of great authority, Goebbels had "Dr. Mabuse" (as well as other films) banned in Germany._____ Goebbels believed that "Dr. Mabuse" was the sort of film that would seriously decrease the audience's confidence in its statesmen since it showed that an extremely dedicated group of people (of the criminal-minded type) were perfectly capable of overthrowing any state with violence (which sounds exactly like what the Nazis did)._____ Needless to say, Lang, who worried greatly about the advent of the Nazi regime, partly because of his Jewish heritage, soon emigrated to France, and, then, in 1936, to Hollywood, USA.

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