Mata Hari

Synopsis: During World War I, Mata Hari is a German spy, working in Paris. She has already seduced the Russian general Shubin, and has now set her eyes on lieutenant Rosanov, a young up-and-coming officer. In order to get her hand on secret documents in his possession, she spends a night with him. But the secret police is on to her, only waiting to get enough evidence to arrest her.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): George Fitzmaurice
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min


Look. Is any woman worth that?

Surely, you regret having betrayed

your country.

- You can still have a chance...

- You're wasting time.

Come on, out with it.

Who is she? What is her name?

Tell us, you fool!

Mata Hari.

That's her name, isn't it?

- Let me alone.

- Oh, shoot him.

She bewitches them.

Why not? She bewitched all Paris.

She's France's greatest enemy.

The woman has become

a mania with you, Dubois.

After all, you're the only one in Paris

that believes she's a spy.

It's very dangerous to accuse a woman

who's so powerfully protected...

...without proof.

- I'll get that proof.

And one cold morning, you'll see your fine

Mata Hari tied to one of those posts.

- Dine with me tonight?

- Thanks, no.

- Tonight I'm to see your Mata Hari dance.

- What?

A special soiree at LeMarchand's.

- How dare you.

- It's to be smart and very private.

After all, there is a war going on.

Oh, well, some dance and some die.

And some will do both.

- Is that it?

- I think it is, General Shubin.

- May I?

- Surely.

It is. Amazing.

Something of an event to see

a ship arrive from Russia.

Event? Why, it's the first time in history,

a flight over the German lines.

Congratulations. A great achievement.

Thank you, sir, but it's just sheer luck.

- And a good engine.

- The dispatches?

Quite safe, sir. I'm to deliver them

to the ambassador personally.

Yes, of course. Of course. Major.

May I present Lieutenant Alexis Rosanoff

of the Russian imperial air force.

Proud to meet such a brave young man.

Thank you, sir. But I was frightened

to death all the way.

You'll hold yourself in readiness

for a return flight to Russia... soon as our reply is ready.

- Yes, Your Excellency.

- How long will it take to decode this?

- Ten to 12 hours, Your Excellency.

Rush it, please.

General Shubin,

please report back here tonight at 11:3o.

This will call for immediate counsel.

Congratulations, lieutenant.

We shan't forget.

General Shubin will give you

your instructions.

- Sit down.

- Thank you.

Well, you feel like celebrating?

Sleep is the only thing I'm interested in.

Can I put you up for the night?

No, thank you.

I still have my little place at Passy.

That is, if I can stay awake

long enough to get there.

I'd ask you to dine with me, but I have

to go to a reception right afterwards.

Mata Hari's dancing.

Mata Hari?

I'd be delighted

to have dinner with you, sir.

- I'm not as tired as I was.

- No?

The prospect of a good dinner, perhaps.

Yes, I suppose that's it.

After all, it's rather absurd to go straight

to bed your first night back in Paris.

I think I do feel rather like celebrating.

If you can stay awake.

- Funny, I'm not even sleepy anymore.

- No?

That's all right, Rosanoff.

There'll be such a crowd there,

one more won't matter.

What do you mean?

Why, didn't you say you wanted

to see Mata Hari dance?


...I dance for you tonight as the bayaderes

danced in the sacred temples of Java.



They say her mother was a sacred dancer,

her father a temple priest.

You know she married a Dutchman.

My dear, he used to beat her.

Really? I can't believe it.

She makes matrimony seem so dull.

I'd like to know her.

I feel that I do know her.

Madame Mata Hari, may a perfect stranger

offer her appreciation?

- Thank you.

- Your costume was exquisite.

And those earrings, are they Javanese?

No, they are from India.

They're so intriguing. May I?

Andriani wants to see you at the Pavilion

at once. It's very important.

- Glad you like them.

- Thank you.

Do you think...? Could you introduce me?

My dear boy, one doesn't meet Mata Hari

on the spur of the moment like that.

Besides, I'm late now.

- Do you mind if I stay for a while?

- No, no. Not at all.

- Thank you. Good night.

- Good night.

- I thought you were different from the rest.

- Champagne, please.

Take this for me. I know what you like.

I know all about men like you...

Permit me, mademoiselle.

- Oh, wasn't she marvelous?

- Wasn't that a wonderful dance, monsieur?

It wasn't a dance, it was a poem.

- Do you know her?

- Who doesn't?

I would give my right arm to meet her.

So would I.

- To Mata Hari the incomparable.

- Unsurpassed.

- Priestess of the dance.

- High priestess.

- Goddess. Goddess of beauty.

- Bravo.

The dancer is only as beautiful

as the mood of her dance.

- To Mata Hari.

- To Mata Hari.

Now, gentleman, I'm terribly tired.

You'll have to excuse me.

You've been very, very charming.

I thank you.

Good night, my lady.

Good night. Good night.

- Marvelous.

- Why, of course.

Have you ever seen people's faces

when you dance?

Have you any idea of the effect

you have on them?

My mind is so far away when I dance.

I live in another age.

Centuries back...

...when man and woman...

Brandy is bad for your heart.

I thought you'd given it up.

I give up a lot of things,

but I take them back.

To me, anything I like is irresistible.

I've always been that way.

Unfortunately, it's in my blood.

What people you Russians are.

What charming savages.

Come in.

- The Marquis de Signac.

- Wait. We're going to the Pavilion.

- Pavilion?

- Yes.

I like gambling.

They laugh, it's gay there.

Gay? With Signac?

- Is that necessary?

- Why not?

He's very attractive, young.

Of course, he's not a general

of the Russian imperial army...

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Benjamin Glazer

Benjamin Glazer (May 7, 1887 – March 18, 1956) was a screenwriter, producer, foley artist, and director of American films from the 1920s through the 1950s. He made the first translation of Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom into English in 1921. His translation was used in the original Broadway production, in the 1930 film version, and in every production in English of the play until recently. It also served as the basis for the libretto for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, as well as for Phoebe and Henry Ephron's screenplay for the 1956 film version of the classic musical. Glazer was born in Belfast, Ireland, into a Hungarian Jewish family. After moving to the United States, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and passed the bar exam to become a lawyer in 1906. Glazer was one of the founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is best known for his Oscar-winning writing for 7th Heaven (1927) and Arise, My Love (1941). Additional screenwriting credits include The Merry Widow, Flesh and the Devil, Mata Hari, A Farewell to Arms, We're Not Dressing, and Tortilla Flat. Glazer also directed one film, the 1948 Song of My Heart, a highly fictionalized biography of Tchaikovsky. Glazer was married to actress Sharon Lynn. He died of circulatory failure in Hollywood, at the age of 68. more…

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