Mata Hari

Synopsis: Mata Hari is a beautiful Dutch-born dancer, working in Paris. It is August 1914 and war between France and Germany seems imminent. However, she accepts an invitation to travel to Berlin as part of a show. On the train she meets a young German army officer but any thoughts of romance are cut short when a French agent is murdered on the train, while in her company. She is arrested in Germany but freed when the German officer intervenes. While in Germany war breaks out and she is recruited by German Intelligence to spy on France.
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Director(s): Curtis Harrington
Production: Cannon Group
108 min

You're losing your touch, my friend.

High living has its price, Ladoux.

You are wheezing.

You are a dangerous opponent,

von Bayerling. Quite dangerous.

And you're a tricky devil, Ladoux.

Don't bother denying it.

What can I say?

Karl! What's happened to you?

You drag me into a museum to look

at paintings, and then you disappear.

But you wanted to come

to hunt for prey, you said.

And just when we are about to snare

Madame la Comtesse, you wander off.

What can I tell her about Fauvism,

or whatever the hell you called it?

- They are actually...

- In a state of tantric ecstasy.

It looks... pretty basic to me.

It's tenth century Indian.

Amazing, von Bayerling,

the amount of useless information

you've got crammed

into that German head of yours.

A very... fascinating exhibit, isn't it?

You have an interest in Asian art?

Well, actually it's my friend here

who is the authority.

An authority?

So what do you think of this?

That's the center of the wheel

of death and rebirth.

The cosmic dancer.

Lord Shiva. Indian, of course.

South Indian, to be exact.

From the temple at Madurai.

Allow me to introduce myself.

Captain Georges Ladoux.

Lady MacLeod.


Captain Karl von Bayerling...

Count von Bayerling.

How is it that you know so much?

I come here quite often.

My dear child,

our table at Maxim's is waiting.

Mon gnrale.

Of course.

So that's what we can look forward to

after 30 years of service.

I don't see how either of you will be

able to accomplish anything, Colonel,

whether it's amusing or not.

August of 1914 will not be a bit

different from any other August in Paris.

Hot and humid.

Biarritz and Deauville...

it's as if one remains in Paris anyway.

The same bored faces,

the same nasty gossip.

If you'll excuse me.

And what keeps the lights

of the German embassy

burning so brightly

on a Saturday night?


But you must already know.

Know? How would I know the inner

workings of a diplomatic mission?

My orders are classified secrets,

but French intelligence

would find out soon enough.

I am being transferred back to Berlin.

Special assignment.

If it comes to war, we will both

have to do what is expected of us.

Bon chance. my friend.

And I thought it was I that was supposed

to surprise you with big news.

Do you remember that amazing creature

we encountered last week at the museum?

The one on the arm

of General Carriere.

She's here tonight.

Here? Where?

Just wait.

Mes cheres amis.

tonight the City of Light

must bid farewell

to the Eye of the Dawn.

All of you will have heard, I'm sure,

of the secret sexual ripeness

of the mystic East.

Tonight, before leaving

on her European tour,

the most legendary danseuse

of our age.

Mes chers amis...

a sacred goddess!

Mata Hari!

Mata Hari.

Why should Austria

even take notice of Serbia?

Because Serbia signed

a treaty of alliance with Russia.

More wine, my dear?

Everyone has treaties

with everyone else.

Russia with France, Vienna with Berlin.

I tell you, it will all blow over.

- Bon soir. Monsieurs.

- Bon soir. Madame.


Take your hands off me.

Let me go!

I told you I know nothing about this!

- That's her, she's the one.

- It's not true.

I assassinated no one.

I didn't even know him!

You expect us to believe

you are in the habit

of committing intimate acts

with strangers?

Petty hypocrisies

mean nothing to me.

You were en route to Berlin.

I am to perform in Berlin.

All very interesting...

but words

cannot dispel hard facts.

Why would I?

Or... who would want you to?

Our agent was killed by a poisonous dart

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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