Spies, Fritz Lang (1928)

Similar to the Mabuse movies in its concerns and mise en scène, but leaner. The secret services of Germany and Japan try to protect an alliance between the two countries from being exposed by the evil banker Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rouge, who also played Mabuse). But that’s hardly the point. You watch this movie to learn how to dress, disembowel yourself in shame, decorate, dine out and dance in a nightclub featuring live boxing matches, drink, and do your hair. There are lamps in here I’d trade a foot for. And when Haghi’s femme fatale goes to work, I cry to the spider, Oh, sting thou me! Sting me!

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