New master print of Fritz Lang's 1960 film. Dr. Mabuse is a criminal mastermind, who uses people he's hypnotised and bugging equipment from the Nazi-era to steal nuclear technology a visiting American industrialistt carries.
A German architect runs away with the maharajah of Eschnapur's fiancee but is caught and thrown in the dungeon, while his relatives arrive from Europe looking for him and the maharajah's brother is scheming to usurp the throne.
A young orphan is sent to the village of Moonfleet, in Dorset, England to stay with his mother's former lover, who has the facade of a gentleman but is a leader of a gang of swashbuckling bootleggers. The duo went on a treasure hunt.
Reporter Peter Barter gets murdered while driving to his tv station. Commisioner Kras gets a phone call from clairvoyant Cornelius who saw Barter's death in a vision. But a dark force prevents Cornelius from seeing the man behind the crime. Meanwhile the policemen concentrate their activities on the hotel Luxor. There exist too many links between the hotel and the unsolved crimes. Trevors, a rich American, rents a room in the hotel at the same time. He can prevent the suicide of the young woman Marion Menil at the last minute. But what is the reason for Miss Menil's doing? Why is she initimidated? Could it be that Dr. Mabuse, a genius in crime believed to be dead, is back?Written by
Matthias Luehr <email@example.com>
The car which Dr. Mabuse escapes in is described in the film as a large American sedan; actually, it's an inexpensive vintage (circa 1952) Chevrolet, a poor choice for Herr Doktor and an obvious sign that it's going to be wrecked. See more »
When Commissioner Kras chases the perpetrator in a police car, during the part in the city the shop signs in the background are reversed - an indication for a reversed back projection. See more »
Most versions end with Marion waking in what appears to be a hospital. Travers is at her bedside, and the two hold hands and exchange some unheard dialogue as the picture fades to black. In the French release this scene lasts a few seconds longer, and we see Marion's eyes close as she slumps back against the bed, presumably dying. See more »
A great show, reminds me of the serials of the 1930's
This is a 16mm print which I acquired in a batch of films. It is very well dubbed in English. I assume the film is available on video. This film reminds me of the serials of the 1930's. Fritz Lang ended his career with this swansong, a return to a theme of his earlier Dr. Mabuse films. The master criminal's henchmen have never seen his face, and get their commands by radio while cruising in a van. Note the scene in the police commissioner's office. Everyone is smoking furiously and the room soon becomes filled with smoke. There is an almost identical scene to this in "M". Overall and very amusing and enjoyable film.
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