The films of Fritz Lang generally lack a strong central protagonist. They instead emphasize group dynamics—societies, subcultures, and organizations, from the class conflict of Metropolis to the crime syndicates and beggars unions of M.
Spione (or Spies), Lang’s pulpy (silent) espionage adventure, is no different; it features a semi-prominent hero (No. 326) and villain (the enigmatic Haghi), but sacrifices fleshing out their personalities in favor of examining the inner workings of their respective spy rings. Thus, the real stars are the disguises, the double-crosses, the hidden passages, the coded messages, the breathless confessions cut short by the crack of a pistol.
And I loved every suspenseful, action-packed minute.
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