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Hans Lucke (story)
Harry Thürk (writer)
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19 July 1963 (East Germany) See more »
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The "Concordia" trading company in Würzburg is a secret headquarters of the MID, a secret service agency of the US Army... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A delightful spy story See more (2 total) »

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Directed by
János Veiczi 
 
Writing credits
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Hans Lucke  story
Harry Thürk  writer
János Veiczi  novel

Original Music by
Günter Hauk 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Plintzner 
 
Film Editing by
Christel Ehrlich 
 
Set Decoration by
Alfred Drosdek 
 
Costume Design by
Gerhard Kaddatz 
 
Makeup Department
Otto Banse .... makeup artist
Heinz Bernhardt .... makeup artist
Monika Lüscher .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Siegfried Kabitzke .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eleonore Dressel .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Georg Gutschmidt .... sound
Hans-Joachim Kreinbrink .... sound (as Hans-J. Kreinbrink)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Günter Heimann .... assistant camera
 

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East Germany:103 min
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A delightful spy story, 10 August 2010
Author: Emil Bakkum from Netherlands, Utrecht

For Eyes Only is a delightful spy story, shot in black and white, with sturdy guys strolling around in raincoats, reminiscent of The Third Man or Humphrey Bogart films. It is 1961. The American Military Information Department in West-Germany plans to support anti-communist groups in the GDR (East-Germany). The aim is to provoke a civil war in the GDR, which will be the start of an invasion by the NATO forces. Fortunately the GDR intelligence service (Staatssichterheitsdienst) gets wind of the affair. They realize that making the American plans public will diffuse the situation, but therefore they need convincing evidence. It happens, that since several years one of their best secret agents Lorenz alias Hansen has infiltrated the MID Headquarters in Wuerzburg. There the invasion plans are hidden in a safe. For Eyes Only is the American classification for its required degree of secrecy. Hansen gets orders to pilfer the plans, and transport them home. A complicating factor is that the Americans suspect the presence of a mole inside their organization. However, for the moment the American major Collins has full confidence in his subordinate Hansen. Collins is a somewhat shabby character, who fools around with lonely ladies and expense allowances and smuggles German art. The Americans subject their personnel in Wuerzburg to a test with a lie detector, but Hansen manages to deceive this equipment. At the same time he succeeds in copying the key of the safe. During this endeavor he discovers that there is another mole named Schuck, who also tries to steal the plans. Schuck wants to sell them to a criminal organization. Before Hansen can steal the plans, Schuck makes an attempt and is caught in the act. The Americans hand over the poor guy to his criminal clients who without process liquidate the failure (the crooks do not want any witnesses, I guess). Now the Americans feel safe, and this gives Hansen some extra time. The invasion plans have been transferred from the safe into an imitation refrigerator, and Hansen decides to pilfer the thing as a whole. Again he succeeds, and he takes the refrigerator in his car to the GDR. The Americans and their West-German allies try to catch him just as he is crossing the border zone. They perforate his car with bullets, but luckily he is able to reach the GDR border post on the other side. The invasion plans are publicized in all the news papers, making the NATO look bad, and peace is saved once more. Sighs of relief and end of story. In fact the story is based on true events, although there is some debate on whether the real refrigerator actually contained any invasion plans. The film found wide appraisal, even in the free west. But also: "The script shuns no fantasy in its invention of rude moments of suspense" (Filmkritik, Muenchen; perhaps a James Bond fan). The moments of ideological propaganda are rare. One is worth mentioning because it is so funny: the operator of the lie detector is clearly an anti-Semite. This hints at the half-hearted purge of Nazi-personnel in West-Germany, due to the reconstruction efforts and the cold war against Bolshevism, that both required a rapid reconciliation. Also for the Bolsheviks any type of anti-communism was equated to fascism (even before World War II they branded the democratic socialists as social-fascists). However, this hoax was included mainly for internal purposes, directed at the East-German audience, and will not mislead well-informed people.

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