The Spy in Black

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  • Thrillers
Darkness, foreboding and regret, rather than any sense of propaganda, dominate this extraordinarily atmospheric World War I spy story made on the eve of World War II. It signals the end of a peacetime era even more clearly than The Lady Vanishes. Daringly, the audience is asked to sympathise with the 'enemy' as the magnificent, shadowy Veidt moves through remarkable Scottish sets on a mission to Scapa Flow to destroy the British fleet. Intrigue, uncertainty and confused loyalties build to a bitter, ironic climax, and along the way Powell effortlessly produces more memorable shots and scenes than can be found in a dozen contemporary films.

Release details

Duration: 82 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Powell
Screenwriter: Emeric Pressburger
Cast: Conrad Veidt
June Duprez
Sebastian Shaw
Valerie Hobson
Marius Goring
Athole Stewart
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