Philip Thompson | True Life Spy Stories – Mata Hari, The Beautiful Spy | Double Agent or Scape Goat? (Full Historical Documentary) + The Legend of the Original Femme Fatale

Mata Hari, The Beautiful Spy | Double Agent or Scape Goat? (Full Historical Documentary)

Published 14 jun 2022

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Mata Hari, the Famous Exotic Dancer, has Come to Represent the Power of Beauty and Feminine Seduction. The Most Influential Men of her Time Surrendered to her. As the First World War Broke Out across Europe, France Saw Performer Mata Hari, A Dutch National with the Ability to Freely Cross Borders, as an Intelligence Asset. However, Mata Hari is Later Convicted of Spying for Germany and Executed by Firing Squad. Was she A Double Agent? Or A Scape Goat? After More than 100 Years, the Question Remains, Who was Mata Hari Really, and was she Guilty?

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The Legend of the Original Femme Fatale

Published 15 mrt 2024

Philip Thompson

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Mata Hari is A Name that has For More than 100 years Captured the Public’s Imagination. The Woman behind the Persona Acquired her Fame as an Exotic Dancer and Courtesan Living in Paris During the French Belle Époque. MeaningEye of Dawn” in Javanese, Mata Hari would Have Had You Believe that she was A Hindu Princess Born of A Union between A Dutch Adventurer and A Javanese Temple Dancer. As the Story Goes, she Blossomed into A Beautiful Young Lady and Learned the Sensuous and Sacred Temple Dances from her Mother. It was Then Her Gift to Bring these Lithe Routines to the Western World Where she Entertained, Enthralled and Seduced. Yet, the Character of Mata Hari was Just That, an Invention. According to Biographer Pat Shipman, Mata Hari, Real Name Margaretha Zelle MacLeod, Loved Men, but She did Not Love the Truth. Ultimately, the Myth that She had Created was Turned against her as she Faced A French Firing Squad. Convicted of Being the Most Lethal and Dangerous Spy of World War I it was Said that She was Responsible for the Death of 50.000 French Soldiers. Not Surprisingly, the True Story of Mata Hari, in So Far as It Can Be Ascertained, is Far Different from What Both She and the French Political Elite of Her Day would Have You Believe. This is the Legend and the Truth about Mata Hari, the Naked Spy.

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Primary Sources Afiiliate Links

Pat Shipman – Femme Fatale, Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari
Mata Hari, The Biography of an Exotic Dutch Courtesan and World War I Spy, United Library
Julie Wheelwright – The Fatal Lover



George Fitzmaurice – Mata Hari (1931)

Jean Louis Richard – Mata Hari, Agente 21 (1964)

Curtis Harrington – Mata Hari (1985) + Idem

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