Sunday, May 29, 2011

13. Dr. Mabuse Der Spieler

Dr. Mabuse Der Spieler
Dr. Mabuse The Gambler

This handsome fellow I have pictured above is the man that this 300 minute film centers around.  This movie gave me severe Les Vampires flashbacks and not necessarily in a good way.  It certainly has a more intriguing plot than other films back in the day, but still 300 minutes of silent film?  Come on!

This movie is about Dr. Mabuse who is a murderer and a swindler.  The film follows his shenanigans and it would be impossible to write a short synopsis.  Rest assured, shit happens.  This movie was made in 1922 so it is partly a satire about the country of Germany in that time.  Anyone who has taken a history class knows that Germany was not doing so hot in the 20s.  Looking at the movie from that perspective, I think you can render a lot of enjoyment from it.  Definitely a better version of Les Vampires but why are these movies so goddamn long?!?!! Maybe I just have ADD or something.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

There was actually a completely nude woman in one of the scenes.  However, the director did not like how her pubic hair looked (I hate it when that happens).  He threw a fit, but she would not shave so he covered that area with a cloth.  Only seen in old versions.

Can be watched on Netflix Instant.

I could not find this on YouTube but I did find a trailer for it:

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