Spies Spione (1928)

Sometimes they just don’t have previews for movies but hopefully that will be good enough.

Often quoted as the first spy movie, which it’s not, it is definitely a seminal spy movie.  It’s also incredibly painful to sit through a movie that long and artistic with no talking.  I found a version with subtitles that wasn’t formatted properly so I missed about 1/3 of the text.  After the 2 1/2 hour version I saw however, you have plenty of time to catch up.  Sometimes you get done with a movie that long and you don’t mind because it was pretty good and kept you hooked the whole time.  This one was good but felt more like a slogging drag that was to be endured and not enjoyed.

As far as I can tell, it is definitely a forerunner of Bond-style spy movies with all that is good and bad in that description.  If you adore Bond then you will love this movie.

Haghi was a great villain and there is so much that is classic spy fodder in this movie that is 85 years old that it is fairly amazing.  I’d enjoy a gritty modern reboot very much, please and thank you.  #326 was great but I thought Sonya stole the show (after Haghi of course).  I also liked Masimoto and admired how he resisted Kitty as long as he did.  At some points I found myself trying to figure out who Haghi reminded me of.  I think it’s a sort of shifting balance of Giovanni Ribisi, Joey Pantoliano and 1984’s Big Brother.

Go watch it if you can but if you can’t find it, don’t lose any sleep over it.