Spione (Spies) (The Spy)
Spione (Spies) (The Spy) (1928)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 22, 1928
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Lang's beautiful expressionist touches are on display throughout... but at the same time, [he] attempts a new stark emptiness.

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Fernando F. Croce

Lang's bravura system of trapdoors is a fearsome advance even upon Metropolis

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

The tone is somewhere between true pulp fiction and pure expressionism, and the result remains wholly thrilling.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Darragh O'Donoghue
Senses of Cinema

Spione is Fritz Lang's most joyous film; it partners sombre content with playful form.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The spy thriller gets one's adrenaline going because of its breakneck pace and bizarre feel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This is a good spy movie, but I just wish it were shorter. The movie is cool visually, and the actors are good. The story is a lot like other movies I've… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Spies", a silent epic directed by Fritz Lang, the Secret Service is being embarrassed by an evil organization that is… More
Stella Dallas
it's spy vs. spy until they fall in love and team up to foil an evil banker's plans for world domination. impossible not to compare it with dr mabuse… More
Marcus Woolcott
It's unnecessarily epic, but it's also at least 40 years ahead of it's time.
Eric Broome
"Spies" is not a visionary masterpiece like Fritz Lang's better known "Metropolis." But like "M," "Dr. Mabuse, the… More