Spies

1928

Action / Romance / Thriller

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 2595

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Reviewed by elag 9 / 10

Even without music I was enthralled for 3 hours.

I saw the restored version which is an hour longer than the print commonly available. Lang did some amazing things with text and graphics. His great reputation for innovation is well deserved.

This film is also very funny at times... as a result of intentional exaggeration for the most part. The level of expressionist abstraction allows one to view the mechanisms of the plot at some distance... the better to enjoy the formal qualities of Lang's vision.

Reviewed by Devin Bell 7 / 10

Rather Dull Lang

Fritz Lang is one of my favorite directors and ''Metropolis'' is my favorite film. I love ''Woman in the Moon'', ''M'', and ''The Testament of Dr. Mabuse''. ''Spies'', sadly, is incredibly average. Don't get me wrong, this film has great moments. The opening is thrilling. The train scene is suspenseful. And the last 10 minutes are really good. Everything in between is uninteresting and drawn out. I got bored a lot (this is coming from somebody who loves 2001: A Space Odyssey) and found myself looking at the time displeased. I usually despise when studios cut films (Metropolis), but Paramount was smart in cutting this from 130 minutes to 90 minutes. I got the pleasure of seeing an original Paramount copy at the Denver Silent Film Festival and found myself enjoying Spies much more. In conclusion, ''Spies'' has some standout sequences, but is a major step down from ''Metropolis''

Reviewed by Horst in Translation ([email protected]) 4 / 10

Not enough good moments for such a duration

"Spione" or "Spies" is another Fritz Lang silent film from over 85 years ago. It is of course as always with him still in black-and-white and runs for no less than 145 minutes. At least, this applies to the version I watched. Maybe yours is different as there are, as always with these old films, many different versions out there, most of them restored. The cast includes several fairly famous actors from other pretty well-known silent film classics, such as Rudolf Klein-Rogge. The novel here came from Lang's longtime companion Thea von Harbou and the 2 also came up with the script. But only Lang directed as always.

I must say I was a bit disappointed with this one. It has a couple good moments, but the material is not as good in quality to justify a quantity of almost 150 minutes. I like good spy movies, especially tense ones, but I cannot say this is one of them. Maybe it would have been at 100 minutes max. In any case, it would have been a lot better than this one here. I have seen several films of Lang and while I would not say it is his worst, it is also nowhere near his best. There are several sequences that drag a lot. As a result of all this, I cannot recommend the watch. Disappointing experience. Thumbs down.

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