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Spies

(Spione)

Digital Restoration

  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
featuring

Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Lupu Pick,

“It is clear that this complex masterpiece of pulp fiction ranked with M and the Mabuse films as one of Lang’s major pre-Hollywood accomplishments” (Elliott Stein). Following the massive undertaking of Metropolis, Lang formed his own company and began the modest production of Spies. With its simple, sparsely decorated sets, frequent use of close-ups, and flawless plot structure, Spies is a forerunner of Hitchcock’s British-period thrillers. In urban post–World War I Europe, Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), the director of an international bank, doubles as a criminal mastermind, heading a spy ring specializing in the theft of government documents. Essential early Lang.

Susan Oxtoby
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Fritz Lang
  • Thea von Harbou
Cinematographer
  • Fritz Arno Wagner
Language
  • Silent
  • with German intertitles and English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 150 mins
Source
  • Murnau-Stiftung