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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: June 12, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1928
  • Label: Desert Island Films
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]

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Total Count: 16


User Ratings: 612
Erotic, mysterious, abstract, full of uncanny images and ideas, and rich with multiple identities and intrigue, this is essential viewing for anyone interested in the great director's work. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Oct 15, 2014
Rating: 4/5 -- Perhaps the most underrated of Fritz Lang's silent spectacles, this tale of master criminality has all the visceral thrill and visual atmospherics of one of Louis Feuillade's Fantomas serials. Full Review
Radio Times
Oct 15, 2014
Rating: 4/4 -- Spies is one of Lang's best films. That means one of the best films ever made. Full Review
Film Comment Magazine
Dec 12, 2017
Throughout the bewildering mass of scenes in the German production, Spies, there is always something to intrigue the eye despite the fact that it is impossible to make head or tail of the story. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
Spione is Fritz Lang's most joyous film; it partners sombre content with playful form. Full Review
Senses of Cinema
Oct 15, 2014
Lang's beautiful expressionist touches are on display throughout... but at the same time, [he] attempts a new stark emptiness. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Jan 27, 2015
Rating: 4/4 -- This is the Fritz Lang method: pose a question, then answer it, though never in any sort of predictable rhythm. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Jan 28, 2005

Product Description:

In perhaps his most intriguing and streamlined film, dedicated to the subject of criminal masterminds and their underground workings, Fritz Lang's SPIES follows the machinations of the wheelchair-bound master criminal, the great Haghi, as he dictates criminal orders from his headquarters deep in the belly of the city. When Haghi sends forth female agent Sonja to seduce and trick secret agent 236, Tremaine, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Haghi did not suspect that these rival agents would go astray, and he is enraged that they are endangering his plot to take over the world.

Many of the standard conventions of spy thrillers find their genesis in SPIES, including femme fatales, the crippled arch criminal and a last minute countdown to destruction. As Haghi's minions square off against the police and the secret service, attempting to steal a secret treaty, Lang mixes a pulp detective sensibility with the visual tricks, painterly aesthetics and narrative ingenuity of German Expressionism, creating a visually stunning and fast paced portrait of a master criminal and the seedy underworld of Germany between the wars.

Plot Synopsis:

A cunning felon decides to pose as a well-known businessman, in an effort to access data from the presidency. Can a German operative stop the nefarious villain before he uses the information to wreak havoc across the globe'
A highly rated spy thriller from the silent era, set in pre-Nazi Germany where a greedy bank president schemes to take over the world.


Production Notes:

  • SPIES was filmed in Berlin in 1927 - 1928.
  • SPIES was released in Germany on March 22, 1928.
  • Fritz Lang broke with Germany's major film production cpompany, forming his own company in order to make SPIES.
  • A silent film.
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