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Spies (1928)

Spione (original title)
Unrated | | Romance, Thriller | 10 March 1929 (USA)
The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service.

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Gerda Maurus ...
Sonya Baranilkowa
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Kitty
Louis Ralph ...
Hans Morrier (Hans Morriera, English version)
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Burton Jason / Miles Jason
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No. 326 (Det. Donald Tremaine, English version)
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Lady Leslane
Lupu Pick ...
Doctor Masimoto (Matsumoto, English version)
Fritz Rasp ...
Colonel Jellusic (Ivan Stepanov, English version)
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Storyline

Haghi is a criminal mastermind whose ubiquitous spy operation is always several steps ahead of the police and the government's secret service. Enter Agent 326, the daring and dashing young man, who thinks his disguise as a dirty, bearded vagrant is fooling the unknown mastermind and his minions. But Haghi is well aware of 326's existence and what he looks like. Enter Sonya, a Russian lady in Haghi's employ. Haghi wants Sonya to subvert the efforts of the government agent, but doesn't count on her falling in love with him. Meanwhile, Haghi is anxious to get his hands on a Japanese peace treaty in the possession of the cunning Doctor Masimoto, whose mistress is also in his employ. Written by J. Spurlin

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UFA insisted on the film being very cheap in the making as Fritz Lang's previous film Metropolis (1927) had brought the studio to near bankruptcy. Lang therefore choose to do most of the shots in narrow settings with lots of close ups, as no big sets had to be built up for that way of filming. Fortunately "Spione" became a huge success. See more »

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No. 326: People's lives - in danger - ! The bank must be searched within 13 minutes, and Haghi's secret room found - do you understand? -...
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Even without music I was enthralled for 3 hours.
15 April 2000 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

I saw the restored version which is an hour longer than the print commonly available. Lang did some amazing things with text and graphics. His great reputation for innovation is well deserved.

This film is also very funny at times... as a result of intentional exaggeration for the most part. The level of expressionist abstraction allows one to view the mechanisms of the plot at some distance... the better to enjoy the formal qualities of Lang's vision.


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