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Daemon
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Fritz Lang (1890)

A successful Austrian director, Lang gained worldwide acclaim with his early German expressionistic films Metropolis and M. After making the anti-Nazi film The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse, he fled Germany in 1933, eventually settling in the US, where he revived his career. His Hollywood films rival his earlier works in their intensity, pessimism, and visual mastery. What was Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels's unexpected response to The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse? More...
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I've watched his Metropolis. It's an early example of dystopia.
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Metropolis is well worth watching even today. For a silent film, it's remarkably compelling.

Peter Lorre is my all time favourite 'olden days' actor. His iconic laugh is one of the laughs in my internal monologue - there are some situations where it's the only sane reaction. Peter Lorre reputedly hated Fritz Lang. I guess this is why:
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During the climactic final scene in M, he allegedly threw Peter Lorre down a flight of stairs in order to give more authenticity to Lorre's battered look.
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exposed the nazis to the world
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Mr. Lang intended the film to be anti-Nazi makes it very easy to see what specific things for which the Nazis would have banned it. For one, there are those Nazi slogans being spoken by gang members, implying that the Nazis are a bunch of crooks and criminals. The titular Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) is, as head of the gang, meant to represent the Nazi party, an analogue for Adolf Hitler. Referenced in this film but actually taking place in an earlier Lang film (“Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler”), an insane Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) declares, “I am the state!” when discovered by the police. Absolutist monarch Louis XIV originally said that to describe his total control over the French government, painting criminal mastermind Mabuse – and by extension, Hitler – as a wannabe dictator mad with delusions of power.

Lang said, “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.”

http://nineronline.com/2014/10/film-analysis-the-testament-of-dr-mabuse/
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