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Germany 124m, B&W
Director: Fritz Lang; Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Otto Wernicke, Oscar Beregi Sr., Gustav Diessl
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is a brilliantly photographed expressionist-style thriller and the sequel to Dr. Mabuse der Spieler (1922). In reviving the character of Dr. Mabuse who is locked away in an insane asylum, Lang provides film audiences with an even more sensational story as the pervasive hypnotic powers of a criminal mastermind are revealed to be more powerful than anyone could imagine. Despite some silent era-style acting, this is a superb plot twisting crime film whose underlying message was apparently too dangerous for film goers in Nazi Germany, where the film was banned before it could be released (Klaus Ming April 2013).