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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Thea von Harbou

Spione (English title: Spies which it has been released in the U.S. under) is a German silent espionage thriller written and directed by Fritz Lang in 1928. Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, worked as a co-writer. The film was Lang's penultimate silent film, and the first for his own production company; Fritz Lang-film GmbH. As in Lang's Mabuse films, such as Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Rudolf Klein-Rogge plays a master criminal aiming for world domination.

Spione was restored to its original length by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung during 2003 and 2004. No original negatives exist anymore but a high quality nitrate copy is held at the Národni Filmovy Archiv at Prague.


With the help of technology, informers and moles, Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) leads a secret life as the head of an international spy ring. Agent No. 326 (Willy Fritsch) is ordered to uncover the ring, but he falls in love with Haghi's Russian spy, Sonya (Gerda Maurus).

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