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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

Fritz Lang, 1922. Dr. Mabuse is a cheating card shark, master of disguise, criminal mastermind, and diabolical hypnotist. Despite all the excitement of this pioneering crime thriller, I kept nodding in and out of consciousness convincing myself Dr. Mabuse had an undoubted influence on Hitler’s hysterically intense persona. Lots to think about during a four-and-a-half hour silent film.


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