Greetings, Spy Vibers! Apologies for the gaps in posts lately. My teaching duties have been ultra busy as we head into end-of-year projects, events, planning, etc. In case you missed it, I launched a new season on Cocktail Nation radio recently. In this month's segment I introduced one of the great archetypal master criminals, Dr. Mabuse! Mabuse was popularized in a series of films by Fritz Lang (Spione, Metropolis) in the 1920s and 1930s. For Lang, the villain's use of mind control, including mass hypnosis, and his theories of building an authoritarian empire on a foundation of fear and panic became an allegory of the burgeoning Nazi movement. Not surprisingly, Lang left Germany soon thereafter. The director brought Dr. Mabuse back in 1960, inspiring a long cycle of thrillers- many starring Gert Fröbe (Goldfinger)! I played some cuts from the Sixties soundtracks on the radio show, one which really (really!) borrowed heavily from Henry Mancini. See if you can spot it! And for you Cocktail Nation listeners who are now tuning into Spy Vibe, welcome to the Spy Vibe lair! My new episode can be heard HERE. I will be covering Dr. Mabuse in my upcoming book. In the meantime, Spy Vibers can also check out the original films by Fritz Lang (released by Criterion, Eureka, and Kino), the 60s cycle DVD box set (Image Entertainment), and David Kalat's excellent book, The Strange Case of Dr. Mabuse. Soundtrack hunters should check out the German CD series Kriminalfilm Musik (Prudence label). Volume 4 includes 21 cuts from Mabuse movies as well as almost 30 tracks from major krimi films, including the one that launched the krimi craze: Der Frosch Mit Der Maske! Enjoy!
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