Film Discussion – The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

About the Event

Join our discussion of Fritz Lang`s masterpiece “The Testament of Dr. Mabuse”. The most tremendous film of the present!

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse  (German: Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse), also called The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse, is a 1933 German classic crime-thriller film directed by Fritz Lang. Berlin police inspector Lohmann investigates a string of crimes, in which all clues lead to a man, who’s in Professor Polland’s care inside an insane asylum since many years – Dr. Mabuse.

Locked away in an asylum for a decade and teetering between life and death, the criminal mastermind Doctor Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) has scribbled his last will and testament: a manifesto establishing a future empire of crime. When the document’s nefarious writings start leading to terrifying parallels in reality, it’s up to Berlin’s star detective, Inspector Lohmann (Otto Wernicke, reprising his role from M) to connect the most fragmented, maddening clues in a case unlike any other.

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is one of Fritz Lang’s most wellknown works, and a classic piece of German expressionism. This film meant to show Hitler’s terror methods as in a parable. The slogans and beliefs of the Third Reich were placed in the mouths of criminals. It was the last film Lang made before leaving Germany. The Nazis, who had come to power just two months before the film was scheduled for release in Germany, promptly banned it.

Watch the movie before Thursday, October 21, then join the Zoom meeting at 7:00PM and come prepared with your comments and questions. DGC Board Member Dr. Christoph Weber will be leading the discussion, and other Board Members will participate as well.

Registration is required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. For further questions please email us: info@dallasgoethecenter.org.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 21 @ 7:00 PM via Zoom!