DR. MABUSE, DER SPIELER I

August 25, 2022

Year
1921/22
Directed by
Fritz Lang
Production
UCO-Film Berlin, Erich Pommer
Screenplay
Thea von Harbou und Fritz Lang
Actors
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Alfred Abel, Bernhard Goetzke, Paul Richter, Hans Adalbert von Schlettow
Length
95 Min.
Music
Jeff Mills

Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) is a man with many different faces and identities. He has secret papers stolen and manipulates the course of the stock market. He masquerades as a reputable scientist and sets his mistress, the dancer Cara Carozza (Aud Egede-Nissen), on the young millionaire Hull (Paul Richter), hypnotizing him and taking a fortune from him at cards. Through Hull, prosecutor von Wenk (Bernhard Goetzke) gets on Mabuse’s trail. Mabuse tries to hypnotize von Wenk at the gambling table as well, but the prosecutor manages to resist the enigmatic doctor’s magical powers. Soon afterwards, he narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Mabuse. A large-scale police operation against Mabuse fails to capture him. The public authorities seem to be powerless against the criminal mastermind who, hiding behind the mask of a dignified citizen, places himself above law and order.

Based on the bestseller of the same name by Norbert Jacques (1880-1954), Fritz Lang’s two-part movie paints a social panorama of the early 20st century, covering a wide range of themes that defined the zeitgeist of the time, such as acceleration, financial crises, parapsychology, white-collar crime, and the quest for world domination and other conspiracy theories. A film with unmistakable references to the present-day of the 21st century. UFA Film Nights presents Part I of Fritz Lang’s two-part mammoth work.

Music

Jeff Mills

Following his acclaimed performances at the 2017 and 2019 UFA Film Nights, DJ legend Jeff Mills has created a new score for DR. MABUSE,THE GAMBLER I, which will premiere at this year’s UFA Film Nights.   read more

Venue

Museumsinsel / Kolonnadenhof
Berlin Mitte

Bodestrasse 1-3

10178 Berlin

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