Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Director: Fritz Lang Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
, Gerda Maurus
Gerda Maurus
, Lien Deyers
Lien Deyers
Fritz Lang


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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 by a dozen years, director Lang dispenses with all transitional dissolves and fade-outs, flat-cutting territory from one scene to another. The film was co-scripted by Lang and his then-wife Thea Von Harbou.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2016
UPC: 0738329203337
Original Release: 1928
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 2:30:00
Sales rank: 30,718

Special Features

2K digital restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung; Piano score by Neil Brand ; "Spies: A Small Film With Lots of Action" (2006, 72 Min.) a documentary by Guido Altendorf and Anke Wilkening; Original German theatrical trailer (5 min.) courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rudolf Klein-Rogge Haghi
Gerda Maurus Sonya Barranikowa
Lien Deyers Kitty
Craighall Sherry Secret Service Chief
Willy Fritsch No. 326 (Det. Donald Tremaine, English version)
Louis Ralph Hans Morriera
Lupu Pick Mosimoto (Matsumoto, English Version)
Fritz Rasp Col. Jellusic (Ivan Stepanov, English version)
Grete Berger Actor
Hertha Von Walther Lady Leslane
Paul Hoerbiger Franz (326's Valet/Chauffeur)
Julius Falkenstein Hotel Manager
Georg John Train Conductor
Paul Rehkopf Strolch
Rose Valetti Actor
Hermann Vallentin Actor
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Chief Jason's Secretary (Spy)

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Thea von Harbou Screenwriter
Werner Richard Heymann Score Composer
Otto Hunte Art Director,Production Designer
Erich Pommer Producer
Karl Vollbrecht Art Director,Production Designer
Fritz Arno Wagner Cinematographer

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