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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, Fritz Lang (1922)

More than four hours, and utterly riveting from start to finish. Weimar decadence, fantastic furniture, clever detectives, manipulations of the stock market, hypnotism, flexible sexualities, gunplay, masterful disguises, high stakes card games, buckets and buckets of eros and thanatos, ambition, orientalism, beautiful doomed women, self-loathing, blind counterfeiters, madness, African totems, car chases . . . . I really don’t know where to start or end. Just watch this; you truly won’t regret it. Lang captures his zeitgeist perfectly, and at the same time weirdly seems to capture mine, too. I’d like to put this in a double bill with Wall Street. Heavy-handed, probably, but what the hell.

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