For Eyes Only

For Eyes Only – Streng geheim

For Eyes Only – Streng geheim (DDR 1963) Photo: Karl Plintzner, DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme 1963 © DEFA-Stiftung 1999. All rights reserved.

Hansen works as an undercover agent for the GDR at a secret service HQ, disguised as a commercial enterprise, that is run by the US army in Würzburg. He has already blown the cover of several American spies with the result that his boss has to take serious measures to stop the leak in his own ranks. Increasingly Hansen comes into his sights, yet he succeeds in passing a lie-detector test with flying colours and so manages to give himself enough time to get away with secret documents for a planned invasion of the GDR.

The accusation that the West was planning to attack the GDR was one of the pretences that aimed to legitimise the building of the Wall. For Eyes Only came out in the GDR in July 1963. It was a great hit with audiences and provided a ideologised yet nevertheless excitingly-enacted illustration of this accusation (which was in fact never substantiated). The storyline as well as the character of Hansen as a “scout of peace” (the name given to Stasi spies in GDR terminology) was clearly based on Western genre types in terms of style, tone and tempo.

GDR 1961/62, 103 min. Director: János Veiczi. Screenplay: János Veiczi. Camera: Karl Plintzner. Editor: Christel Ehrlich. Music: Günter Hauk. Production: DEFA-Studio. Cast: Alfred Müller (Hansen), Helmut Schreiber (MID-Major Collins), Ivan Palec (Frantisek), Hans Lucke (MID-Colonel Rock), Werner Lierck (Schuck), Eva-Maria Hagen (Peggy), Peter Marx (Hartmann) et al.

    Film Credits

    GDR 1961/62, 103 min
    Director: János Veiczi
    Screenplay: János Veiczi
    Camera: Karl Plintzner
    Editor: Christel Ehrlich
    Music: Günter Hauk
    Production: DEFA-Studio
    Cast: Alfred Müller (Hansen), Helmut Schreiber (MID-Major Collins), Ivan Palec (Frantisek), Hans Lucke (MID-Colonel Rock), Werner Lierck (Schuck), Eva-Maria Hagen (Peggy), Peter Marx (Hartmann) et al.


    Screening dates

    London: Mon 9 May, 20:45
    Riverside Studios
    Introduction by Nikolaj Nikitin, curator The Celluloid Curtain

    Berlin: Fri 3 June, 18:30
    + Sun 19 June, 18:30
    Zeughauskino
    Introduction by Nikolaj Nikitin, curator The Celluloid Curtain