Uncanny Encounters

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

in Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222908
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924703 | DOI:
Uncanny Encounters

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This chapter explores Fritz Lang's film entitled Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, which was heralded by critics at the time as a cultural-historical document of the German inflation. It describes the documentary character of the film and the psychosocial traumatic dimension that comes to the fore in the film's fascination with the protagonist, the megalomaniac and power-hungry Dr. Mabuse. It suggests that the film offered a fitting example of how the abstract dynamics of the German inflation could be transferred into an artistic, multilayered mode of representation.

Keywords: Fritz Lang; Dr. Mabuse; the Gambler; German inflation; cultural-historical document; film

Chapter.  8381 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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