A stairwell in 'Spione' (1928)
A stairwell in 'Spione' (1928)
Spione (1928) NFSA

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Fritz Lang | Germany | 1928 | M

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Lang’s breathlessly plotted and often playful thriller has Detective No. 326 (Willy Fritsch) attempting to thwart a seemingly respectable, wheelchair-bound master criminal (Rudolf Klein-Rogge). An extraordinary mix of modernism and pulp, Lang’s last great silent film deftly utilises montage and bold mise-en-scène to organise fast-paced, overlapping plot intrigues into a lucid pattern brimming with suspense. Based on a novel and co-scripted by Lang’s wife and close collaborator Thea von Harbou, it co-stars Lupu Pick.

Format: Black and White, 35mm
Language: Silent with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Duration: 150 mins


150 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Fritz Lang (1890–1976) was a master of both expressionism and film noir whose career spanned almost 50 years, taking him from the vibrant and highly influential German studio system of the pre-Nazi era to many of the Hollywood majors. Often described as a film director’s director, Lang was a virtuoso of the moving image...

More than night- the fatal vision of Fritz Lang

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