Movie Review - Spies (1928 - Germany)
Proof classic films don't have to be boring!
This loving restoration of Fritz Lang's film puts back pieces gathered from several existing versions into as close a look as we can get of his original vision, and it's a doozy!
How wonderful to watch an evil villain/mastermind story as convoluted as any James Bond picture told almost entirely in visual imagery. Think about how difficult that is to do and you'll get a handle on Lang's genius. While there are admittedly more title cards in this picture than in an average silent film, they aren't intrusive and don’t distract from the terrific set design and action sequences. You're a smart person, I won't insult your intelligence by qualifying that statement with the usual disclaimers: "a good movie IF you like silent films" or "action sequences that are cool considering it was shot in 1928". Sure, it's old. Yes, the acting is typical of the era--pantomime gestures and stage effect makeup. Get over it already! This is a good movie, fun to watch, not just for film buffs, and I have no qualms about saying that.
Highly recommended--no disclaimers required.
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If you are interested in silent film classics, here are a few more:
- Movie Review - Asphalt (1929 - Germany)
Asphalt is a little known German silent film from 1929 that features stellar performances from the stars and outstanding cinematography, set design and costumes. It's a visual feast and deserves to be watched much more often!
- Movie Review - M (1931 - Germany
Fritz Lang's classic psychological thriller,M, features Peter Lorre in one of his signature roles as the tormented, damaged Becker,the subject of a man hunt in panic stricken Berlin.
- Movie Review - Metropolis (1927 Germany)
This beautifully restored and remastered edition of 1927 classic Metropolis let's us see Fritz Lang's vision of the future as he intended us to do, and a scary future it is!
Foreign, Silent Films, Germany,
Running Time: 143 min.
In Theaters: 1928 (Germany), 10 March 1929 (USA)
Directed By: Fritz Lang
Written By: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Rudolf Klein-Rogge - Haghi
Gerda Maurus - Sonya Baranilkowa
Lien Deyers - Kitty
Louis Ralph - Hans Morrier
Craighall Sherry- Burton Jason / Miles Jason
Willy Fritsch - No. 326
Paul Hörbiger - Chauffeur Franz
Hertha von Walther - Lady Leslane