Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

Directed by Fritz Lang • 1922 • Germany
Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker

This legendary silent thriller introduced the world to the archfiend Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), a gambler, hypnotist, master of disguises, and all-around supervillain, whom director Fritz Lang would revisit throughout his career. Revolving around Mabuse’s nefarious attempts to use mesmerism to swindle wealthy businessmen, this influential crime drama blends the pulp trappings of its genre—characters who slip in and out of disguise, mind control, gambling clubs, exotic women, brutal henchmen, and unexpected plot twists—with Lang’s incisive commentary on the decadence of 1920s Germany.

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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler
  • Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

    Directed by Fritz Lang • 1922 • Germany
    Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker

    This legendary silent thriller introduced the world to the archfiend Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), a gambler, hypnotist, master of disguises, and all-around supervillain, whom director Frit...

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  • Fritz Lang on MABUSE

    In this late-1950s interview from the Gideon Bachmann audio archive, director Fritz Lang discusses how fleeing Nazi Germany impacted his filmmaking process.