THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE
1933, Kino Lorber, 122 min, Germany, Dir: Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang’s final film before fleeing Nazi Germany picks up where DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER left off a decade earlier - in the insane asylum where Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge, even more sinister than he was in METROPOLIS) has been confined. From his cell, the criminal mastermind churns out pages of mysterious writing - which Inspector Lohmann (Otto Wernicke, playing the same character he did in M) believes are connected to a wave of terror sweeping Berlin. In German with English subtitles.


M (1931)
1931, Kino Lorber, 99 min, Germany, Dir: Fritz Lang

Peter Lorre is unforgettable as serial killer Hans Beckert, preying on children and whistling “In the Hall of the Mountain King” as he works. When the ensuing police crackdown proves bad for criminal business, all of Berlin’s underworld begins a manhunt for Beckert. This engrossing crime thriller was Fritz Lang’s first sound film, as well as the director’s personal favorite. In German with English subtitles.


M (1951)
1951, Superior Pictures, 91 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Losey

The American version of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic about a child murderer being simultaneously hunted by the police and the underworld receives renewed impetus in the setting of Bunker Hill locations under the direction of Joe Losey. David Wayne turns in a bravura performance as the killer and is supported by a veritable character actor’s Hall of Fame: Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Norman Lloyd, Walter Burke and Jim Backus. NOT ON DVD!


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