A Fritz Lang Box Set

23/04/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 23/04/2007
  |  600 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Synopsis

Collection of the acclaimed German director's finest films. In 'Doctor Mabuse, The Gambler' (1922), a devious gambler blackmails and deceives those around him using his powers of hypnotism to take over the city. But when he is finally cornered, his lunacy becomes apparent. In 'Metropolis' (1926), in the year 2000, industrialist John Frederson rules over a giant city where the workers exist only as an underclass. They call for rebellion, but their leader Maria urges them to wait for a mediator. When Frederson kidnaps Maria and replaces her with a robot replica, the workers are incited to revolt. In 'Spione' (1928), Rudolf Klein-Rogge plays Haghi, the leader of an international spy ring. Haghi leads several lives using instruments of modern technology to spearhead a mad rush for secrets that assert his power over others. Agent No 326 (Willy Fritsch) is ordered to stop the spy ring but instead falls in love with one of the spies. In 'M' (1931), Lang's first sound film, the city of Berlin is being terrorised by a notorious child molester and, frustrated by the failure of the police to catch the culprit, the underworld criminals organise themselves to hunt him down. Peter Lorre portrays the snivelling, compulsive psychopath in a role that typecast him for life and the film was remade in 1951 by director Joseph Losey. Finally, in 'The Testament of Dr. Mabuse' (1933), an early Lang crime thriller banned by the Nazis, Dr. Mabuse has been locked away in an asylum for ten years, but his crime organisation is still perpetrating an insane orgy of wanton destruction - threats, shoot-outs, thefts, explosions, bombings, burnings and floodings.