Mata Hari: Unveiling the Myth | 1999
Profile of Mata Hari, believed to be a spy responsible for the deaths of 50,000 French troops. The program shows that, rather than being a master spy, Mata Hari was a master of self-invention. In 1904, she arrived in Paris a penniless Dutch divorcee and fooled Parisian society into believing she was an authentic Indian temple dancer. Always needing money, she agreed to spy for both France and Germany during World War I, believing she could invent the rules as she had her own dances. She played a deadly game and lost. Living a myth until the end, she faced the firing squad exquisitely dressed and without a blindfold. Her death created a legend. The program features interviews with Mata Hari cousins, the curator of a Mata Hari collection, her biographer, journalists, scholars and historians.