Birthday Blitz: Spies (dir. Fritz Lang, 1928)

Day 4, Movie 4 – Spies – In Two Scenes

Call me lazy, but I prefer to let Fritz Lang’s work speak for itself. I’m always amazed by his films whether they are silents from the Weimar era or talkies from his Hollywood career.

The first Lang films I remember seeing is The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and M. Both left me astounded in ways I still have trouble articulating. (Now that I think about it, I haven’t seen either of these movies in probably eight years.)

And did I mention Metropolis yet?

They are all fantastic.

In Spies, Lang’s penultimate silent film, the director tackles one of his favorite topics: deranged men seeking world domination. The opening scene is fast-paced and completely frenetic. It establishes everything you need to know about this espionage thriller and gives you a fine glimpse at Lang’s style.

 

And then there is the conclusion. The film builds up to this finale, which is all very meta, spectacularly.

 

Take the time to watch Spies or any Fritz Lang movie. You won’t be disappointed.

This post is part of my Birthday Blitz Marathon.

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