Spione (Spies) (The Spy)
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Spies (Spione) was the first independent production of German "thriller" director Fritz Lang. The years-ahead-of-its-time plotline involves Russian espionage activity in London. The mastermind is Haghi (Rudolph Klein-Rogge), a supposedly respectable carnival sideshow entertainer. Heading the good guys is Agent 326 (Willy Fritsch), with the help of defecting Russian spy Sonya (Gerda Maurus). The film moves swiftly to several potential climaxes, each one more exciting than its predecessor. Haghi's ultimate demise is a superbly staged Pirandellian vignette. Anticipating Citizen Kane… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Spione is Fritz Lang's most joyous film; it partners sombre content with playful form."
‑ Darragh O'Donoghue, Senses of Cinema
"This is the Fritz Lang method: pose a question, then answer it, though never in any sort of predictable rhythm."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"Superb, entertaining Lang silent"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The tone is somewhere between true pulp fiction and pure expressionism, and the result remains wholly thrilling."
‑ Tony Rayns, Time Out
"Fritz Lang's Spiesis a classic silent espionage thriller that served as the model for all future films of its type, from Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps to the James Bond series and beyond."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The spy thriller gets one's adrenaline going because of its breakneck pace and bizarre feel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Maybe there's a movie more entertaining than Spies; it's possible. But if so, this is one critic who would like to know its name."
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"The colossal canvas of Metropolis was a tough act to follow, but Fritz Lang's breathtaking silent thriller manages to match and in some areas top that earlier milestone."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Inventive, delightful, superbly made spy thriller."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"One of Lang's neglected silent masterpieces."
‑ , Film4
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