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If so, it might be a good idea to tune in to ZDF on Saturday nights because the second German channel will show the entire series of Mabuse films in two nights.
Doctor Mabuse was an evil mastermind, concocted by director Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou in 1922 (though based on a novel by Norbert Jacques). The five-hour-long movie Dr Mabuse der Spieler led to a sequel in 1933 and to a series of movies in the 60s.
It was Fritz Lang who started the Mabuse series in 1922 and it helped to launch his career long before Metropolis was even made. The first ‘new’ Mabuse film, in 1960, was also directed by Lang and would become his last feature.
The 60s series of Mabuse films was probably an answer to the ever popular Edgar Wallace movies and in total six Mabuse movies were made during this revival.
The seventh one was a Spanish movie that had little to do with Mabuse and didn’t seem to have a plot. Not surprisingly it was Jess Franco who directed La Venganza del doctor Mabuse.
ZDF will broadcast the six Mabuse movies from the 60s spread over two nights. Like many series of movies, the punch was out of the series after a couple of entries, so especially the first night shouldn’t be missed. Die 1000 Augen des Dr Mabuse was directed by Lang, Im Stahlnetz des dr Mabuse was helmed by Harald Reinl (Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel) and was a nice sequel. The first night concludes with Das Testament des Doctor Mabuse (often confused with Lang’s movie from 1933).
Dr. Mabuse-Nacht I: 19/08 – Die 1000 Augen des Dr Mabuse, Im Stahlnetz des Dr Mabuse & Das Testament des Dr Mabuse (ZDF, 00.55 – 05.30)
Dr. Mabuse-Nacht II: Die unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr. Mabuse, Scotland Yard jagt Dr. Mabuse & Die Todesstrahlen des Dr. Mabuse (ZDF, 01.00 – 05.20)