For Eyes Only - Top Secret
(for eyes only - streng geheim)
for eyes only - streng geheim © DEFA-Stiftung
|Schäfer, Gerd E.|
|van de Kamp, Marion|
This first East German spy thriller was a great hit with East German audiences. It was loosely based on real events from 1956, but the allegation of a Western plot to attack the GDR was fabricated—in part to justify having built the Berlin Wall. Some film critics described the film as “the answer to the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962)."
The short film Disco Film 5: In the Heart of US Military Espionage included as a special feature on the DVD tells the story of the real East German spy on whom the film is based.
|1964||National Prize, Class 3 (Harry Thürk, János Veiczi)|
"A communist contribution to the spy film genre!"
— Bodo Mrozek, James Bond's German Colleagues
"A cleverly directed and well-performed spy thriller!"
— Lexicon of International Film
"The storyline and the character of Hansen were clearly based on the Western genre in terms of style, tone and tempo."
— Zagreb Film Festival
- New digitally restored version
- Turn Subtitles On/Off
- "The Truth, the Absolute Truth: Liberation Policy and DEFA's For Eyes Only," by historian Bernd Stöver
- "Our Own James Bond," written interview with dramaturg Dieter Wolf
- Newsreel 1956/29, A US Agent in the GDR, 1956
- Disco Film 5: In the Heart of US Military Espionage, 1975
- Original Trailer
- Teaching Guide