Film
TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE
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TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE

The world's greatest criminal mastermind, Dr. Mabuse, has been locked away in an asylum for a decade. Teetering between life and death he scratches out his last will and testament: a manifesto establishing a future empire of crime. When the nefarious writings begin to manifest in reality, Berlin's greatest detective has to piece together the fragmented, maddening clues. A masterclass in visual storytelling, this pulpy supercrime adventure will crack your head wide open. The dread, despair and paranoira all reflect the political atmosphere of early '30s Germany. That social context makes the piling on of subterfuge and suspense extra resonant. It still feels modern and terrifying. (Tommy Swenson)

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