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 simultaneously hunted by police and criminals, trades Berlin’s streets for those of L.A.’s Bunker Hill circa 1950. David Wayne gives a heart-rending performance as the killer, 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. Featuring a nerve-wracking and brilliantly filmed climax inside the famed Bradbury Building!


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