SPECIAL SCREENING FOR HALLOWEEN • HOSTED BY DR. JOHN SCHULTHEISS
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
(Das Testament Des Dr. Mabuse)
(Germany, 1932, Directed by Fritz Lang), 124 mins
The arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse, confined to a lunatic asylum, uses his hypnotic powers to operate his plan to master the world. Lang continued the penny-dreadful adventures of Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922), saturating the film with the same atmosphere of decadence and evil, but with the added layer of sound which he uses forcefully. The mad villain expressed sentiments too close for Nazi comfort, provoking Goebbels to ask Lang to change the last reel. Realizing the potential danger he was in, the director fled to France and then to the USA for a second career, leaving behind his wife, Thea Von Harbou, who had joined the Nazi party.
To view the film poster, visit the exhibit in HFPA wing (No. 9 on the wall).