What It’s About: A crime spree begins, and all signs point to the infamous master criminal Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge). Unfortunately for Commissioner Lohmann (Otto Wernicke) the answer isn’t that simple, as Mabuse is safely locked in a sanitarium. Can Lohmann get to the bottom of things before Mabuse or his imitator’s plans are complete?
Why Watch it Today?: Today in 1933 Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany. Director Fritz Lang, an outspoken critic of the Nazis, was forced to leave Germany. Josef Goebbels banned The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, which Lang intended as an indictment of Nazism and of mankind’s urge to follow others. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is one of the best evil mastermind films, taking many of the tropes of the genre (and prefiguring many later films, comics, serials and television shows) and bringing them to new heights via Lang’s mastery of technique and the care he took in creating unsettling and powerful images.
Clip: Unfortunately, the best clip available is also somewhat spoiler heavy, but worth a look if you’re on the fence: