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SPIONE (1928) * with switchable English subtitles *

Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus and Willy Fritsch, Fritz Lang
$13.99
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.

DVD-R HAS GERMAN INTERTITLES WITH SWITCHABLE ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

QUALITY (of feature film only): 

 

·        Digital Quality? - yes

·        Sharp border features  (edges of faces, buildings, etc.)? - yes

·        Sharpness within the border features  (inside the borders of the face, for example)? - yes

·        Other notable issues? - excellent, digital quality

 

 

LENGTH OF FEATURE FILM:  143 mins

LENGTH OF NEWSREEL:  n/a