Dr. M (film)
French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Claude Chabrol|
|Produced by||Hans Brockmann
|Screenplay by||Claude Chabrol
|Story by||Thomas Bauermeister|
|Based on||Mabuse der Spieler
by Norbert Jacques
|Music by||Mekong Delta
|Edited by||Monique Fardoulis|
N.E.F. Filmproduktion und Vertriebs
Italian International Film
Telefilm Saar GmbH
Dr. M. is a 1990 film co-written and directed by Claude Chabrol. The film is a remake of 1922's Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, which was in turn based on Mabuse der Spieler by Norbert Jacques.
In the near future, a deadly epidemic is infecting people throughout West Berlin, leading to people taking their own lives to avoid catching it. All the media reports seem like unusual propaganda. No one knows what to do or how to help, except for one police officer who suspects that the suicides are really caused by a lone madman. His investigations lead him to a beautiful, enigmatic woman and the revelation of a sinister plot to manipulate the population through mass hypnosis.
|Alan Bates||Dr. Marsfeldt / Guru|
|Jennifer Beals||Sonja Vogler|
|Jan Niklas||Lt. Claus Hartman|
|Michael Degen||Reimar von Geldern|
|Isolde Barth||Mrs. Sehr|
Steve Simels of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C-:
|“||[T]his is a standard-grade, low-budget European B movie. The plotting is absurd (with anachronistic elements; though the film is set in the future, the Berlin Wall has not yet come down); the stars — including the still fetching Jennifer Beals and the usually cool Alan Bates (doing what seems like an eccentric imitation of Albert Finney doing Hercule Poirot) — either overact or sleepwalk; and the pacing is lethargic verging on comatose.||”|
Jackson Adler of TV Guide gave the film 3 out of 4 stars:
|“||Club Extinction is something of a mishmash. But it's a mostly engaging mishmash with Chabrol operating in a satirically sinister mode that should come as no surprise to his devotees... In contrast to many American genre pictures, the problems with Club Extinction stem from aiming too high rather than too low... [M]ostly to Chabrol's credit, the going never gets boring, no matter how many times one views it. Club Extinction is an absorbing and even amusing thriller with brains--even if it does take more brains than should be necessary to follow its helter-skelter plot.||”|
- Claude Chabrol (2011-08-04). "Docteur M. - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllRovi. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- Steve Simels (1991-04-05). "Club Extinction Review". EW. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- "Club Extinction Review". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
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