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Mata Hari (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  26 December 1931 (USA)
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A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lt. Alexis Rosanoff
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General Shubin
Lewis Stone ...
Andriani
C. Henry Gordon ...
Dubois
Karen Morley ...
Carlotta
Alec B. Francis ...
Caron
Blanche Friderici ...
Sister Angelica (as Blanche Frederici)
Edmund Breese ...
Warden
Helen Jerome Eddy ...
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The Cook-Spy
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During World War I, Mata Hari is a German spy, working in Paris. She has already seduced the Russian general Shubin, and has now set her eyes on lieutenant Rosanov, a young up-and-coming officer. In order to get her hand on secret documents in his possession, she spends a night with him. But the secret police is on to her, only waiting to get enough evidence to arrest her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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russian | mata hari | spy | general | dancer | See more »

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The most dangerous spy of all time, See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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26 December 1931 (USA)  »

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Mata Hari  »

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Budget:

$558,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$931,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Though the title character was real, the events in the film are mostly fictional. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Alexis Rosanoff: What's the matter, Mata?
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Version of The Sex Life of Mata Hari (1989) See more »

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Pendant la halte
(Danse Arabe) (uncredited)
Music by Gabriel-Marie
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Enjoyable Melodramatic Love Story
26 April 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1917, in Paris, the famous dancer Mata Hari (Greta Garbo) has a double life as a German spy, obtaining secrets from French and Russian officers in bed. The chief of the French Secret Service Dubois (C. Henry Gordon) is unsuccessfully in her tail trying to find proofs to incriminate Mata Hari. The Russian general Serge Shubin (Lionel Barrymore) has a crush on Mata Hari, but when she meets the young Russian pilot lieutenant Alexis Rosanoff (Ramon Novarro), she sleeps with him to photograph secret documents in his possession. But they fall in love for each other, and the jealousy of her lover Shubin provides the evidences to Dubois to arrest her.

This fictional and naive romance based on the life and death "Mata Hari" is an enjoyable melodramatic love story. Of course it is not a historic event, but this pleasant romantic fantasy is supported by an extremely beautiful Great Garbo performing a charismatic role in a great production. In spite of not being a masterpiece, I totally disagree with the unfair reviews in IMDb. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Mata Hari"


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