This 1922 silent classic is a must-see for any cinephile. The visual experience is elevated to new heights by a live musical accompaniment, namely a psychedelic rock concert that will be projected through 16 speakers. Playing with the multiple meanings of the German word “Spieler” as “actor”, “puppeteer” and “gambler”, Dr Mabuse, der Spieler centres on a criminal mastermind who uses disguise, hypnosis, blackmail and deception in order to cheat wealthy individuals out of their money. When his latest victim, Edgar Hull, the son of a millionaire industrialist, is tricked into losing at cards through uncharacteristic recklessness, state prosecutor von Wenk recognises a pattern, thus beginning an investigation into the elusive felon known as “the great unknown”. With a whirlwind of love, betrayal, deceit and disinformation reigning around them, Dr Mabuse and von Wenk engage in a high stakes cat-and-mouse game where to lose means to die.
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