Spione

In its very idiosyncratic way, Spione beats Lang's three Mabuse pictures as his definitive vision of a criminal mastermind. The reason is probably that this film entirely lacks the socio-political overtones of the Mabuse trilogy: the exploits of the evil genius Haghi (Klein-Rogge) here represent criminality almost in the abstract, and plunge the movie into a delirium of disguises, deaths, double-motives, and labyrinthine tricks. The tone is somewhere between true pulp fiction and pure expressionism, and the result remains wholly thrilling.

Release details

Duration: 14 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Fritz Lang
Screenwriter: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Gerda Maurus
Willy Fritsch
Lupu Pick
Fritz Rasp
Lien Deyers
Craighall Sherry
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