Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) ****

With its many characters and twisty-turny plot, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (the first of three Mabuse films by visionary director Fritz Lang), can be confusing at times and its 4 1/2 hour run time can be a test of anyone's patience (though the film is split into two parts). Nevertheless, the cinematography is impressive, the story is engaging and the film is undoubtedly highly influential.