During World War I, German intelligence use a team of saboteurs and a woman spy, known as Fraulein Doktor, to help assassinate Lord Kitchener and to steal Allied defense plans and to swipe the new mustard gas formula from its French female inventor.
During ww1 the German intelligence sends a team of saboteurs and a woman spy to Scotland to help assassinate Lord Kitchener. Later on the German intelligence sends another team of spies to Allied headquarters in Belgium to steal the secret Allied defense plans. The German female spy, known as Fraulein Doktor, is entrusted with stealing the new mustard gas formula from its French female inventor. Afterward, the German army uses the new mustard gas on the battlefield during its offensive against the Allied armies. Written by
I am not ordinarily a fan of spy thrillers because the spies always seem to live in their own world oblivious to the realities of the rest of the world around them. But this film shows for the first time a spy who sees first hand the results of her work. There is blood on her hands literally as well as symbolically. It is interesting that the one time we see a spy coming face to face with the realities of their handiwork, it is a woman who is the spy.
Like others have mentioned, the battlefield scenes contain some of the most horrific scenes of war carnage ever shot. Not since Akira Kurosawa's "Kagemusha" has the futility and horror of battle been so profoundly depicted. No war was more futile and insane than the first world war, and the grisly images of melting skin and soldier's bodies spasming and writhing in agony are a perfect illustration of one of the biggest turning points in world history. War was no longer played according to rules or any standard of humanity. This is also poignantly shown in a scene when a German general reluctantly pins a medal on "Fraulein Doktor" because she'd killed Lord Kitchener and Kitchener had been a personal friend of his.
One has to put aside some of the 60s-style make-up and hairstyles, but most of the acting is very good and the whole movie will keep your attention all the way through to to the riveting climax. Id' rank this along with "Gallipoli", "Paths of Glory" and "King and Country" as one of the best WWI movies ever made. And to echo some of the other comments here.... I wish I had taped this!
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