Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922)
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Move over Clint Eastwood, move over Bruce Willis, move over Arnold Schwarzenegger....best line ever: "Frif Kokain, Schlappschwanz!" or for us English folk: "Eat some cocaine, you limp-dick!"
Good one, but way too long..
Superb! See probably the first supervillain in the history of cinema arise. And what a guy he is: scientist, mafia boss, player and criminal lunatic in one single package.
Don't worry about the length of the film, the 4 1/2 hours are split in two parts and the pace is astoundingly high throughout for a film from 1922. There are even shootouts and an exploding car (!) in the action. What more could you wish for?
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This movie ranks #3 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #3 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream Is a Genius
This movie ranks #11 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #17 in Kinemathekverbund's The 100 Most Important German Films
This movie ranks #21 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #25 in IMDb's 1920s Top 50
This movie ranks #32 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
This movie ranks #33 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #42 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #116 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #403 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #602 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #632 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films